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Socio-Technical Innovation Bundles for Agri-Food Systems Transformation

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  • Constitutes the most authoritative study on the future of local and global agri-food systems
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Part of the book series: Sustainable Development Goals Series (SDGS)

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This open access book is the result of an expert panel convened by the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability and Nature Sustainability. The panel tackled the seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 head-on, with respect to the global systems that produce and distribute food. The panel’s rigorous synthesis and analysis of existing research leads compellingly to multiple actionable recommendations that, if adopted, would simultaneously lead to healthy and nutritious diets, equitable and inclusive value chains, resilience to shocks and stressors, and climate and environmental sustainability.

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

    Christopher B. Barrett, Mario Herrero, Rebecca J. Nelson, Elizabeth Bageant, Isabella Culotta, Jiali Liu, Daniel Mason-D'Croz, Cynthia Mathys, Kamakhya Misra, Claire Song

  • University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

    Tim Benton

  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

    Jessica Fanzo, Quinn Marshall

  • US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Ithaca, USA

    Edward Buckler

  • Nestlé, Vevey, Switzerland

    Karen Cooper

  • China Agricultural University, Beijing, China

    Shenggen Fan, Jianbo Shen

  • Digital Green, San Francisco, USA

    Rikin Gandhi, Alesha Miller

  • PepsiCo, Dallas, USA

    Steven James

  • Omnivore, Mumbai, India

    Mark Kahn

  • Oxfam America, Washington, USA

    Laté Lawson-Lartego

  • ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

    Alexander Mathys

  • Brisa de Año Ranch, Pescadero, USA

    Veronica Mazariegos-Anastassiou

  • Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

    Andrew Mude

  • University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

    Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

  • Rockefeller Foundation, New York, USA

    Roy Steiner

  • International Livestock Research Institute, Edinburgh, UK

    Philip Thornton

  • The Nature Conservancy, New Haven, USA

    Stephen Wood

About the authors

Christopher B. Barrett is the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and an international professor of agriculture at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, as well as a professor in the Departments of Economics and of Global Development, all at Cornell University. He is also co-editor-in-chief of the journal Food Policy.

Tim Benton is research director in energy, environment ,and resources at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House and professor at the University of Leeds.

Jessica Fanzo is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Food Policy and Ethics at Johns Hopkins University.

Mario Herrero is chief research scientist of agriculture and food at Australia’ Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Rebecca Nelson is a professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science (Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, and Plant Breeding and Genetics Sections) and the Department of Global Development at Cornell University.

Elizabeth Bageant is an applied research and outreach manager in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University.

Edward Buckler is a United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) research geneticist and adjunct professor in Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University.

Karen Cooper is the R&D program manager for climate change at Nestlé, with a background in nutrition, sustainable food systems, and product innovation.

Isabella Culotta is an undergraduate research assistant at Cornell University studying plant science and international agriculture and rural development.

Shenggen Fan is chair professor of China Agricultural University and was Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute from 2009-2019.

Rikin Gandhi co-founded and is the executive director of Digital Green.

Steven James is a senior director of global procurement at PepsiCo.

Mark Kahn is a managing partner of Omnivore, an agritech venture capital firm based in India.

Laté Lawson-Lartego is Oxfam America’s food systems theme department director. 

Jiali Liu is an undergraduate research assistant at Cornell University studying economics and statistical sciences.

Quinn Marshall is a human nutrition doctoral candidate and Center for a Livable Future–Lerner fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Daniel Mason-D’Croz is a senior research scientist at CSIRO.

Alexander Mathys is a professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Technology at ETH Zurich, where he leads the Sustainable Food Processing group.

Cynthia Mathys is a senior manager of strategic partnerships at the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability.

Veronica Mazariegos-Anastassiou is a co-founder and farmer at Brisa de Año Ranch, a small-scale organic farm in Pescadero, CA, and recently earned a master's degree in applied economics and management from Cornell University.

Alesha (Black) Miller is the vice president of strategy and partnerships at Digital Green.

Kamakhya Mishra is a corporate finance (M&A) analyst at Rabobank North America and a former undergraduate research assistant at Cornell University.

Andrew Mude is the division manager of agricultural research, production, and sustainability at African Development Bank.

Jianbo Shen is a professor in the Department of Plant Nutrition and vice dean for the National Academy of Agriculture Green Development in China Agricultural University.

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda is director of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence in Food Security. 

Claire Song is an undergraduate operations intern at Cornell University studying government, and environment and sustainability.

Roy Steiner is senior vice president for the Food Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation.

Philip Thornton is a principal scientist and leads the “Priorities and Policies for Climate-Smart Agriculture” flagship of the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi.

Stephen Wood is a senior scientist, Agriculture and Food Systems at The Nature Conservancy and associate research scientist at the Yale School of the Environment.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Socio-Technical Innovation Bundles for Agri-Food Systems Transformation

  • Authors: Christopher B. Barrett, Tim Benton, Jessica Fanzo, Mario Herrero, Rebecca J. Nelson, Elizabeth Bageant, Edward Buckler, Karen Cooper, Isabella Culotta, Shenggen Fan, Rikin Gandhi, Steven James, Mark Kahn, Laté Lawson-Lartego, Jiali Liu, Quinn Marshall, Daniel Mason-D'Croz, Alexander Mathys, Cynthia Mathys, Veronica Mazariegos-Anastassiou, Alesha Miller, Kamakhya Misra, Andrew Mude, Jianbo Shen, Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Claire Song, Roy Steiner, Philip Thornton, Stephen Wood

  • Series Title: Sustainable Development Goals Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-88801-5Published: 23 April 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-88804-6Published: 23 April 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-88802-2Published: 21 April 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2523-3084

  • Series E-ISSN: 2523-3092

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXIX, 195

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 75 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Agricultural Economics, Environmental Economics, Sustainable Development

  • Industry Sectors: Finance, Business & Banking

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