About the IAASTD report

World hunger levels have never been as high as they are today. According to estimates from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), approximately 842 million people are currently affected by hunger. An additional two billion people are malnourished. This is either due to a lack of food and micronutrients or, increasingly, due to obesity. At the same time, modern agriculture is producing more food per capita than ever before. In 2013, world cereal production reached a record level of 2,5 million tonnes, a 6.8% increase from 2011. With a predicted world population of 9 billion in 2050, ensuring access to food for all these people presents a major challenge. 


In 2003, these facts resulted in the World Bank and the United Nations initiating an international evaluation of the situation: the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), commonly known as the World Agriculture Report.
More than 400 scientists, stemming from all continents and a broad spectrum of disciplines, worked together for four years with the aim of answering the following question:

“How can we reduce hunger and poverty, improve rural livelihoods and facilitate equitable, environmentally, socially and economically sustainable development through the generation of, access to, and use of agricultural knowledge, science and technology?"

Climate change presents an enormous challenge to agriculture worldwide. At the same time, agricultural activities and the subsequent processing, storage, transport and disposal of its products account for nearly 40% of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.

Present industrial agricultural practices are responsible for water pollution, soil erosion and the loss of soil fertility, and pose a threat to the natural biodiversity of the planet.

Agriculture is by far the world's largest business. The livelihoods of approximately 2.6 billion people, 40% of the world’s population, depend on it. It is a decisive economic factor for many developing countries. Small-scale farmers produce most of the food consumed worldwide. >>more


  • IAASTD International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development
    Original reports of the IAASTD
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    IPCC website
  • Millennium Ecosystem Assessment From 2001 to 2005, more than 1,360 experts assessed the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being
  • CGIAR Consultative group of strategic members, partners and agricultural centres working on international agricultural research.
  • World Bank is committed to boosting agriculture and agriculture-related investment

The 58 signatory states

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, China (People’s Republic of), Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Republic of Moldova, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Palau, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, United Republic of Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom of Great Britain, Uruguay, Viet Nam, Zambia (58 countries)


Video: IAASTD Report

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UNEP's GRID Arendal collection offers a selection of charts and tables from the IAASTD

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