The rapid pace of urbanization has dramatically shifted how we approach food systems globally. In 1900, only two percent of the world’s population lived in urban areas. Today, it is over half of the global population, and over the next 30 years, that proportion is expected to increase to about two thirds. While cities offer great potential for economic, cultural, and societal development, cities in particular face a host of challenges in sustainably feeding their communities, including lengthy supply chains, inadequate infrastructure and waste management systems, and less opportunities for households to produce their own food.
By 2050, global food systems will need to sustainably and nutritiously feed nearly 10 billion people, and 80 percent of the world’s food will be consumed within urban areas. The challenge to ensure that everyone in the world can feed themselves has become intertwined with concerns around which foods we are consuming, where we are eating them, and how they are grown, processed, and delivered. Further, as food systems contribute to the increasing incidences of non-communicable and food-borne diseases and represent one of the world’s largest employers and primary drivers of climate change, these issues have far-reaching consequences on people’s nutrition and health, the potential to create viable jobs and livelihoods, and the future sustainability of our planet.
With food systems evolving in response to the rapid changes in our population, cities are positioned to significantly influence how and what we eat. The Global Maker Challenge on Sustainable and Healthy Food for All aims to find and support innovative solutions that will promote urban access to healthy and sustainable food for all. To do so, the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity is seeking applications from innovators and makers around the world that will:
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