Food and Water

Ensuring the secure supply of the provisioning ecosystem services food and water is a pre-requisite for human well-being. This AGS flagship program, known as secure ecoservices, will identify development paths for social and technical systems which aim for a nourished world in balance with the provisioning ecosystem. Secure ecoservices is poised to provide us with a unique outlook for food and water in the 5 to 15 year near-term future, while considering changes in the long-term.

The heart of secure ecoservices will be data and knowledge bases where we will collate global information, both internally stored and externally linked. The data and knowledge bases will reflect requirements of the AGS integrated model system, the latter including biophysical, economic and geographic models. Models of the complex and dynamic nature of food and water systems will provide a solid foundation for descriptions of the future, a future which we will foresee through social and technical development paths. Development paths will be tracked by combining stakeholder dialogue with the modeling results to provide a combined actor-modeling procedure. The procedure will be integrated into a form suitable for projecting and shaping social and technical systems.

Although the AGS integrated model system and development paths procedure are core integration activities for secure ecoservices, supporting projects have been identified in two areas: security and human well-being, and ecosystem services. The first area, security and human well-being, includes supporting projects within the risk management of food, safe and sustainable food production, and sustainable food producing strategies for Asia. The second area, ecosystem services, includes supporting projects such as strategies to decrease land use, diets related to land-use requirements, innovation and decreased resource pressure for the water sector and the consumer perspective.

Secure ecoservices will also have an important education and outreach role that will be fulfilled through the organization of high-level symposia and workshops and by producing AGS learning products aimed for an audience beyond the partner schools.