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The challenge of feeding another three billion people within the next 40 years clearly meets the definition of a ‘wicked problem’. Agribusinesses have been seen as part of the problem, pursuing short-term gains at the expense of human development and the environment. We argue that private sector, market-driven solutions are an essential component to meeting this challenge. Combining a literature review with interviews from a panel of 24 agribusiness ‘experts’, we identify seven key barriers which impede our ability to feed nine billion people on earth. Collected under the acronym GLIMPSE, they help to frame the obstacles and identify the opportunities. This is an important step towards harnessing the power of the marketplace so that agribusinesses can bring together the creativity, determination, and technology similar to the ‘miracle of the cerrados’ in Brazil to bear on the challenge of feeding the three billion additional people that will join our world by 2050.

Keywords: agribusiness ; food ; future ; population growth ; wicked problem

Editor(s): IFAMR, IFAMA

Subject(s): Agribusiness

Agricultural and Food Policy

Agricultural Finance

Community/Rural/Urban Development

Environmental Economics and Policy

Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety

Institutional and Behavioral Economics

International Development

International Relations/Trade

Labor and Human Capital

Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies

Risk and Uncertainty

Issue Date: 2012-12

Publication Type: Journal Article

DOI and Other Identifiers: The IFAMR (ISSN #: 1559-2448) (Other)

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/142306 Published in: International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Volume 15, Special Issue B Page range: 139-152

Total Pages: 14

JEL Codes: Q010; Q180; Q340; Q500

Note: The IFAMR is published quarterly by IFAMA. www.ifama.org

Series Statement: Volume 15

Issue B

Record appears in: International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) > International Food and Agribusiness Management Review





Author: Connolly, Aidan J. ; Phillips-Connolly, Kate

Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/142306?ln=en







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