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Food Security – Closing the food gap: opportunities for investment?

15 April 2015 – ‘Food Security: Closing the food gap: opportunities for investment?’ investigates three particular categories of food security solutions that can actively contribute to sustainable food security. A focus on postharvest losses illustrates the differing profiles of solutions in developed and developing countries. Biotechnology, especially the area of GM seeds, is an issue that inspires confusion and hot debate. Water management was selected because it is closely tied to climate change, and critical to human health.

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The report was prepared by Mirova, a subsidiary of Natixis Asset Management, in partnership with the ESG research and analysis firm Sustainalytics, and with specialist contributions from experts across the University of Cambridge including those involved in Cambridge’s Global Food Security strategic initiative.

The research forms part of a partnership between Natixis and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) to promote sustainable investment and encourage European and international finance professionals to adopt a more responsible behaviour.

The partnership comprises Natixis’s support for the CISL-convened Investment Leaders Group as well as a series of research and joint publications.

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"Approximately 38 per cent of the additional food needed to close the food gap will come from the consumption end, predominately from avoidance of supply chain losses, both close to the farm (postharvest, transport, and storage losses) and close to the fork (processing retail, shelf life). We also believe that reducing demand for biofuels that compete with food by developing 2nd- and 3rd-generation biofuels would, if implemented, contribute to closing the food gap. The balance of the food supply increase, or 62 per cent, will have to come from the production side."

Food Security – Closing the food gap: opportunities for investment?

Published: 15 April 2015