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The Future of Agriculture: Synthesis of an online debate

The Future of Agriculture: Synthesis of an online debate

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The fear that global demand for food will outstrip supply has led to significant debate. Oxfam hosted an online discussion in December 2012 to get beyond the question of securing steady supplies of raw materials for food and beverage companies and to rise above polarized discourses on large-scale industrialized vs. smallholder farms. The two-week debate on the future of agriculture formed part of Oxfam
The fear that global demand for food will outstrip supply has led to significant debate. Oxfam hosted an online discussion in December 2012 to get beyond the question of securing steady supplies of raw materials for food and beverage companies and to rise above polarized discourses on large-scale industrialized vs. smallholder farms. The two-week debate on the future of agriculture formed part of Oxfam

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OXFAM DISCUSSION PAPERS JULY 2013
Oxfam Discussion Papers
 
Oxfam Discussion Papers are written to contribute to public debate and to invite feedback on developmentand humanitarian policy i
ssues. They are ‘work in progress‘ documents, and do not necessarily constitute
final publications or reflect Oxfam policy positions. The views and recommendations expressed are thoseof the author and not necessarily those of Oxfam.For more information or to comment on this paper, email gine.zwart@oxfamnovib.nl
www.oxfam.org
THE FUTURE OFAGRICULTURE
Synthesis of an online debate
Mr Neang Veach and Ms Yorn Yee, farmer and SRI instructor. Yorn offers guidance in the SRI (System of RiceIntensification) agricultural system. Photo: Jim Holmes/Oxfam.
Fear that global demand for food will outstrip supply has sparked much handwringingand significant debate. To get beyond the question of securing steady supplies for foodand beverage companies, and to rise above polarized discourses on large-scaleindustrialized vs. smallholder farms, in December 2012 Oxfam hosted a two-week online
discussion on the future of agriculture. The debate formed part of Oxfam’s efforts to
develop a creative and positive vision of food production that can ensure everyone hasenough to eat always. This paper offers a synthesis of the online debate, the 23 essaysby experts from 16 countries that formed the basis of the discussion, and
Oxfam’s
concluding remarks.
 
2 The Future of Agriculture: Synthesis of an online debate
CONTENTS
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Kanayo F. Nwanze
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Sophia Murphy
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Shenggen Fan
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John Ambler
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Anna Lappé
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Prem Bindraban
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Bill McKibben
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José Graziano da Silva
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Sarojeni V. Rengam
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Nicko Debenham
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Susan Godwin
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Alexis Nicolás Ibáñez Blancas
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Harold Poelma
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Madiodio Niasse
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Tarcila Rivera Zea
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Julio A. Berdegué
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Rokeya Kabir
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Dr. Florence Wambugu
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Kavita Prakash-Mani
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Pat Mooney
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Michael O’Gorman
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Sonali Bisht
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Roger Thurow
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The Future of Agriculture: Synthesis of an online debate 3
 ABBREVIATIONS
 AHBFI Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International
 
BEA Biodiversity-based ecological agricultureBNPS Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha
 
CEO Chief executive officer CHIRAPAG
Centre for Peru‘s Indigenous Cultures
 ETC group Action group
 
on Erosion, Technology and ConcentrationFAO Food and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsFDA Food and Drug AdministrationFFL Farmer First and Farmer LastGM Genetically modified (crops)HEI High external input (agriculture)IAASTD International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Scienceand Technology for DevelopmentIFAD International Fund for Agricultural Development of the UnitedNationsIFPRI International Food Policy Research InstituteILC International Land CoalitionILO International Labour Organization (of the United Nations)INHERE Institute of Himalayan Environmental Research and EducationLEI Low external input (agriculture)NGO Non-government organizationPNPB Programme for the Production and Use of Biodiesel
 
RIMISP Latin American Centre for Rural DevelopmentUSAID United States Agency for Development AidUN United Nations

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