The AgriTech Toolbox enables researchers and policymakers to examine how alternative agricultural practices and technologies can impact farm yields, food prices, natural resource use, hunger, malnutrition, land use and global trade in 2050, when climate change impacts may be severe. As a result, it can inform the right mix of policies and investments needed to tackle the challenges agriculture faces in the coming decades.
AgriTech Toolbox can address the current knowledge gap agriculture faces:
〮Where do we target investments?
〮What technologies can increase yield and improve sustainability?
〮Which technologies may help farmers adapt to climate change?
〮How can we tailor solutions to best address needs of local farmers?
"Food Security in a World of Natural Resource Scarcity: The Role of Agricultural Technologies" was launched by the International Food Policy Research Institute in February 2014 and is the backbone of the AgriTech Toolbox. The book compares the effects that different technologies have on crop yields and resource use, particularly harvested area, water and nutrients. By modeling technology-induced changes in crop yields, the analysis also helps to explain how the mix of technologies may influence global food markets in terms of changes in food prices and trade flows, as well as calorie availability, with a focus on developing countries. Transparent evidence-based information to support decisions on the potential of alternative technologies remains scarce. "Food Security in a World of Natural Resource Scarcity" fills this gap with a focus on researchers and policymakers.