Agriculture and food security

Chatham House work on agriculture and food security includes research on the changing nature of farming and food production, and analysing risks in the supply chain.

Policymakers are being urged to mitigate the risk of severe disruption at certain ports, maritime straits, and inland transport routes, which could have devastating knock-on effects for global food security.

Environmental costs of food production are very high, with agriculture a key driver of water scarcity. Irrigation accounts for approximately 70 per cent of freshwater withdrawals around the world – up to 90 per cent in some low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Food production is also responsible for 30 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. These impacts are unsustainable.

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Hundreds of farmers sit in pits as a protest against government plans for land acquisition in October 2017. Photo By Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images.
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India Budget 2018: Who are the Biggest Winners and Losers?

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Brexit and the Food System: Trade, Environmental and Security Implications

Farmer Mark Thomas shows his prizewinning champion South Devon bull in the show ring on the first day of the Royal Cornwall Show near Wadebridge on 9 June 2016, in Cornwall, England. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images.
Chatham House Briefing

The Implications of Brexit for UK, EU and Global Agricultural Reform in the Next Decade

International Affairs

The future of agricultural trade governance in the World Trade Organization

Pedro Miguel locks, Panama Canal. Photo: Gonzalo Azumendi/Getty Images.
Chatham House Report

Chokepoints and Vulnerabilities in Global Food Trade

Soy plantation in Amazon rainforest near Santarem, Brazil. Photo: Ricardo Beliel/Brazil Photos/LightRocket via Getty Images.
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Managing the Risk of Stranded Assets in Agriculture and Forestry

A Saudi man walks past a pump at a petrol station in Jeddah. Photo: AMER HILABI/AFP/Getty Images.
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Fuel, Food and Utilities Price Reforms in the GCC: A Wake-up Call for Business

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Stranded Assets: Risks for High Carbon Investments in a Low Carbon World

An employee arranges packages of instant ramen noodles a store in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
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Agricultural Commodity Supply Chains: Trade, Consumption and Deforestation

Grand Central Market in Los Angeles, California, October 2015. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images.
Chatham House Report

Changing Climate, Changing Diets: Pathways to Lower Meat Consumption

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Stranded Assets in Forests and Agriculture

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Anticipating and Mitigating Major Disruptive Risks to Global Food Trade

The US midwest was hit by its worst drought in over 50 years in 2012. Photo via Getty Images.
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Extreme Weather and Food Shocks

Workers sort cocoa fruits near the Mendoa Chocolates plant in the state of Bahia near Ilheus, Brazil, on 29 May 2015. Photo: Paulo Fridman/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
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Reducing Deforestation in Agricultural Commodity Supply Chains: Using Public Procurement Policy

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Healthy Food for a Healthy World: Towards a Sustainable, Nutritious Diet for All

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Reviewing Interventions for Healthy and Sustainable Diets

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The Impact of Meat and Dairy Consumption on Climate Change: Policy, Public Understanding and Behaviour

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Left Unchecked, Western Diets Could Derail Climate Action

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Livestock – Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector: Global Public Opinion on Meat and Dairy Consumption

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GM seeds fall on stony ground in Africa

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Farmer Mark Thomas shows his prizewinning champion South Devon bull in the show ring on the first day of the Royal Cornwall Show near Wadebridge on 9 June 2016, in Cornwall, England. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images.
Chatham House Briefing

The Implications of Brexit for UK, EU and Global Agricultural Reform in the Next Decade

International Affairs

The future of agricultural trade governance in the World Trade Organization

Pedro Miguel locks, Panama Canal. Photo: Gonzalo Azumendi/Getty Images.
Chatham House Report

Chokepoints and Vulnerabilities in Global Food Trade

Soy plantation in Amazon rainforest near Santarem, Brazil. Photo: Ricardo Beliel/Brazil Photos/LightRocket via Getty Images.
Research paper

Managing the Risk of Stranded Assets in Agriculture and Forestry

A Saudi man walks past a pump at a petrol station in Jeddah. Photo: AMER HILABI/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Fuel, Food and Utilities Price Reforms in the GCC: A Wake-up Call for Business

An employee arranges packages of instant ramen noodles a store in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
Research paper

Agricultural Commodity Supply Chains: Trade, Consumption and Deforestation

Grand Central Market in Los Angeles, California, October 2015. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images.
Chatham House Report

Changing Climate, Changing Diets: Pathways to Lower Meat Consumption

Workers sort cocoa fruits near the Mendoa Chocolates plant in the state of Bahia near Ilheus, Brazil, on 29 May 2015. Photo: Paulo Fridman/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
Research paper

Reducing Deforestation in Agricultural Commodity Supply Chains: Using Public Procurement Policy

Photo: Kul Bhatia/Getty Images.
Research paper

Reviewing Interventions for Healthy and Sustainable Diets

Photo: iStockphoto
Research paper

Livestock – Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector: Global Public Opinion on Meat and Dairy Consumption

The World Today

GM seeds fall on stony ground in Africa

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On Trial: Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa

The World Today

Mangos, not mining, are the future of Guinea

The World Today

West Africa has vast marine wealth but it is being depleted by the world's highest levels of illegal fishing

Edible Oil: Food Security in the Gulf
Chatham House Briefing

Edible Oil: Food Security in the Gulf

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Papers for conference: Food Futures

Famine Early Warning and Early Action: The Cost of Delay  2012
Chatham House Report

Managing Famine Risk: Linking Early Warning to Early Action

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Translating Famine Early Warning into Early Action: A Sahel Case Study

The World Today

The cost of feeding soya to all the pigs in China

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Translating Famine Early Warning into Early Action: An East Africa Case Study

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