Related global assessment publications
This annotated list covers some of the more recent global reports in water and development issues related to food and agriculture.
FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization). Annual publication. The State of Food and Agriculture. Rome.
FAO's annual report on current developments and issues in world agriculture. The Organization monitors the global agricultural situation as well as the overall economic environment surrounding world agriculture. The 2002 report calls for increased international financial flows towards agriculture and rural areas. It also examines one of the possible new mechanisms for this financing: the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) deriving from the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Particular attention is paid to the potential use of the CDM as an instrument for both enhancing carbon sequestration through land use changes and for reducing rural poverty. [Main challenge area: Securing the food supply]
FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization). Annual publication. The State of Food and Agriculture. 2000. World Agriculture: Towards 2015/2030. Rome.
A summary of FAO projections and messages intended for the general reader. The projections cover supply and demand for the major agricultural commodities and sectors, including fisheries and forestry. This analysis forms the basis for a more detailed examination of other factors, such as nutrition and undernourishment, and the implications for international trade. The report also investigates the implications of future supply and demand for the natural resource base and discusses how technology can contribute to a more sustainable development. [Main challenge area: Securing the food supply]
Leisinge, K.-M., Schmitt, K., Pandya-Lorch, R. 2002. Six Billion and Counting: Population Growth and Food Security in the 21st Century. Baltimore, United States, Johns Hopkins University Press, International Food Policy Research Institute.
More people will inevitably mean greater demand for food, water, education, health care, sanitary infrastructure and jobs, as well as greater pressure on the environment. There must come a point when population growth threatens global food security and the Earth's finite natural resources. But what specific threats does population growth present now and in the coming decades? How can the world achieve sustainable development in the face of an ever-growing population? This book deals with these questions. [Main challenge area: Securing the food supply]
Pardey, P.-G., Beintema, N.-M. 2001. Slow Magic. Agricultural R&D a Century After Mendel. Washington DC, International Food Policy Research Institute, Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators Initiative.
This report assembles and assesses new and updated evidence regarding investments in agricultural R&D by public and private agencies, contrasting developments in rich and poor countries. It tracks trends in agricultural R&D over the past several decades. [Main challenge area: Securing the food supply]
Pinstrup-Andersen, P., Pandya-Lorch, R., Rosegrant, M.-W. 1999. World Food Prospects: Critical Issues for The Early Twenty-First Century. Washington DC, Food Policy Report, International Food Policy Research Institute.
This report provides a summary of the most recent results from the International Food Policy Research Institute projections of the future world food situation. It then identifies and discusses six recent developments and emerging issues that will influence the prospects for global food security. It also discusses new evidence on the opportunities offered by agro-ecological approaches, the potential role of modern biotechnology and the relevance of new information technology and precision farming for small farmers in developing countries. [Main challenge area: Securing the food supply]
Rosegrant, M.-W., Paisner, M.-S., Meijer, S., Witcover, J. 2001. 2020 Global Food Outlook: Trends, Alternatives, and Choices. A Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment Initiative. Washington DC, International Food Policy Research Institute.
This report shows how, and how much, certain policy decisions and social changes will affect the world's future food security. It projects the likely food situation in 2020 if the world continues on more or less its present course, and it then shows how alternative choices could produce a different future. [Main challenge area: Securing the food supply]
UNDP/UNEP/World Bank/WRI (United Nations Development Programme/United Nations Environment Programme/World Bank/World Resources Institute). 2000. World Resources 2000-2001 - People and Ecosystems: The Fraying Web of Life. Washington DC.
This book is a comprehensive guide to the global environment. This edition provides an assessment of five of the world's major ecosystems: agro-, coastal and marine, forest, freshwater and grassland ecosystems. [Main challenge area: Protecting ecosystems]
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). 2001. Biennial publication. World Science Report. Paris.
This report provides information on the more important technical development of the last two years with a discussion of the main issues raised in this area by some of the most eminent world specialists. The last release of the report (1998) includes chapters looking at how science is helping to safeguard our two most basic commodities - food and water - in a context of rapid demographic growth and environmental stress. [Main challenge area: Ensuring the knowledge base]
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). 2001. Biennial publication. World Social Science Report. Paris.
First released in 1999, the report takes stock of the social sciences as they are, and looks forward to their continuing development in the coming decades. It is divided into two parts. The first, A Global Picture, provides an overview of the history (since the eighteenth century), future prospects and current organization, financing and resources of the social sciences. The second takes up three central issues: science and technology in society, development and the environment. A final section reviews two areas of contact between the natural and social-cognitive science and the evolutionary study of human behaviour. [Main challenge area: Ensuring the knowledge base]
UN-Habitat. 2001. The State of the World's Cities Report 2001. Nairobi.
The State of the World's Cities Report 2001 is a first in-depth attempt to monitor, analyse and report on the realities faced by urban populations around the world. The report was produced by UN Habitat to coincide with the Istanbul + 5 Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Its central message is that people's processes and initiatives and enabling governing structures must unite to form broad-based partnerships that will promote justice, equity and sustainability in cities. [Main challenge areas: Water and cities, Meeting basic needs]