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EditPhoto Description:The Earth provides everything we need to feed the world … for now.
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Soils. Water. Healthy oceans. Without these building blocks of nature, people would starve.

Today, 842 million people do not have enough to eat. And the pressures on our food system are only


We must figure out how to feed the world — without destroying it.

Why is our food important?

Food We Eat

Everything we eat comes from nature. The global population, already over 7 billion, is growing by roughly 83 million people every year. And by 2030, about 1.4 billion people are expected to enter the global middle class. Feeding the planet while conserving the environment that underpins food production is one of the greatest challenges of our day.

Jobs and Prosperity

Agriculture and fisheries are big business. An estimated one in three of all global workers are employed in agricultural jobs, many of them small-scale farmers and fishermen who are vital to feeding the world. In Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, small farms produce up to 80% of the total food supply.

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EditCircle icon:icon-deforestation
EditResult value:80%
EditResult field:forest loss due to agriculture
Agriculture is the leading cause of global deforestation, responsible for 80% of forest loss each year. Large-scale commercial agriculture — including cattle ranching, soybean farming and oil palm planting — is the leading cause of deforestation in important regions like the Amazon and Southeast Asia.


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Only 3% of the Earth’s water is fresh, and only a fraction of that is available for human use. Of that small amount, nearly 70% is used for agriculture. That puts humanity in a dangerous predicament. Any disruption to our freshwater supply also threatens our global food supply.


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EditResult value:30%
EditResult field:fisheries overexploited or depleted
Fish and chips, hold the fish? Some 1 billion people get essential nutrition from seafood. But the overfishing of some species, like cod, has resulted in declines so dramatic that these fish are no longer readily available to consumers. About 30% of the world's fisheries are already overexploited or depleted.


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EditResult value:13%
EditResult field:global emissions from agriculture
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From trucks and trains that transport food to cows that graze on grass, nearly every aspect of agriculture belches gases like carbon dioxide and methane into our atmosphere. Agriculture is directly responsible for 13% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
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CI’s solutions

CI’s scientists are working to find solutions to the global food crisis. We’re gaining a better understanding of how degraded fisheries can recover and how farmers can sustainably increase production. Around the world, we work to end unsustainable agricultural practices and overfishing — and promote more responsible activities. We work with our corporate partners to better understand the challenges of complex supply chains, answering questions like, “Where do all of a company’s ingredients and products come from, and how were they produced?”

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EditImage Alt Text:Sunrise on the Mekong. © Akuppa John Wigham
EditCaption Title:Healthy Fish Habitat Secures Food and Income
EditCaption Description:Health and livelihoods in the Sekong River Basin in Laos are threatened by increased demand for fish, forest products and electricity.
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EditImage Alt Text:Azman harvests oil palm fruit near Pasoh Forest Reserve. © Benjamin Drummond
EditCaption Title:Sustainable Palm Oil
EditCaption Description:Palm oil is one of the most widely used vegetable oils in the world. You’ve probably used it a dozen times today without even realizing it.
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EditImage Alt Text:Picking coffee berries. © Ingmar Zahorsky
EditCaption Title:Helping farmers adapt to a changing climate
EditCaption Description:In Central America, smallholder farmers are the heart of the agriculture sector — and they are most vulnerable to climate change.
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EditImage Alt Text:Fisherman cast a net to catch fish. © Kseniya Ragozina
EditCaption Title:Recovering Small-scale Fisheries in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape
EditCaption Description:When small-scale fisheries do not operate sustainably, they can disrupt economically important services and reduce jobs, incomes and food supplies.
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EditImage Alt Text:People working in a tree nursery in the Alto Mayo Protected Forest. © Thomas Muller
EditCaption Title:Developing a Sustainable Economy in San Martín, Peru
EditCaption Description:CI and the San Martín regional government's collaborative work is leading the path toward a new sustainable economic development model for Peru.
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EditImage Alt Text:Women in Sumatra. © Conservation International/photo by Ade Budi Kurniawan
EditCaption Title:Sustainable Landscapes Partnership
EditCaption Description:Businesses, governments and communities unite to support low-carbon development, sustainable farming and biodiversity conservation.
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EditImage Alt Text:Crab fisherman in Barra, Brazil. © Cristina Mittermeier
EditCaption Title:Supporting Smallholder Fishing in Brazil
EditCaption Description:To combat sharp declines in shrimp, crab and other economically important fish species, CI involved smallholder fishermen in solutions.
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EditImage Alt Text:Man inspects coffee berries. © Cristina Mittermeier
EditCaption Title:Partnership with Starbucks Coffee Company
EditCaption Description:CI and Starbucks recognize that forests and coffee farmers can be solutions to climate change.​
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EditCall to Action Description:Every meal you’ve ever eaten comes from nature in some way. You can help us ensure that nature continues to provide food, and so much more, for generations to come.
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Edit Section subtitle:For example, shade-grown coffee, grown under the canopy of healthy forests, helps protect the planet.
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EditImage Alt Text:Night falls over Rio de Janeiro. © Nikada

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EditTitle:Global Stability
EditImage Alt Text:Udzungwa National Park's Sanje Waterfall overlooks farmland that depends on its water. © Benjamin Drummond

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EditImage Alt Text:Fisherman cast a net to catch fish. © Keith A. Ellenbogen
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