Last year, my HarvestChoice cofounder Stanley Wood and I had the honor of joining in a set of workshops focused on two critical issues.

First, how do we best measure global food insecurity, and the sustainability of the food systems available to address it? What are our metrics for things like poverty, hunger, malnutrition, farm productivity, natural resource productivity, and food supply chain efficiencies?

Second, once we can measure the problem, and the scale of our current resources, how do we define and describe the universe of sustainable solutions for increasing global food supplies? 

The two workshops, held by the National Academy of Sciences, comprised an initiative called "Food Security for All as a Sustainability Challenge". The effort was supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which also supports HarvestChoice. All of us hoped to review, and then help move forward, efforts to develop better measures of “food security” and “sustainability”.

The full report from both workshops is now out and you can download or read it online here:

A Sustainability Challenge: Food Security for All: Report of Two Workshops


You can register for free to download the report PDFs, or choose to input some brief information as a guest user.

In addition, specific talks from each workshop -- including Stanley's and mine -- are available for download:

Workshop 1: Full agenda with all presentations


Stanley Wood: Expanding Agricultural Productivity Measures and Linking to Eco-System Services: Spatially-Explicit Contributions


Workshop 2: Full agenda with all presentations


Phil Pardey: Agricultural Productivity and Natural Resource Endowments