Even optimistic assumptions about population growth, agricultural productivity and potentially available cropland, produce a grim image for the future food security and sovereignty, in particular for sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia. The challenge is to have enough, healthy and affordable food for everyone in 2100. Since the current methods of organic agriculture will not suffice to produce enough food in countries like Nigeria in 2100, it is necessary to find new solutions.

ISOFAR LandLessFood concept

From the 14th to 16th of November 2019, a joint workshop by  Thunen Institute and ISOFAR will be held in Marrakesh, to develop and discuss a concept for a circular agricultural system in which landless and land-based, organic food production are combined. Besides typical organic topics, like which plant and animal systems are best suited to provide enough healthy food and to protect soils and climate in the future, it will be discussed which landless production systems are best suited for effective nutrient circulation within the whole food system. This includes mushroom cultivation (especially for the recycling of plant-based agricultural residues and animal manure), biogas reactirs (for the recycling of sewage, manure and municipal waste streams) and photobioreactors (for further recycling of waste water and spatially efficient biomass production to alleviate the pressure on soil). The graphic below summarizes the basic concept that will be discussed at the workshop.

The results of the workshop will be summarized in a cumulative publication after the workshop. The goal of the workshop is not only to produce a viable theoretical concept but also to initiate research projects that will help us feed the world in 2100.

Author information

Daniel Grimm (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Junior researcher at the Thuenen Institute of Organic Farming and administrative assistant for ISOFAR.