Despite its multifaceted nature, the debate surrounding food security over the last few decades has largely focused on
production and on the challenges facing the agricultural system. Food security has also been directly associated with
hunger, poverty and humanitarian aspects. Although agriculture and fisheries are fundamental and essential components
of the food system, it is misguided to address the future of food security without looking at the system’s many other
determinants. The time has come to overcome this conventional approach and to look systemically at food security and its
complex nature. The JRC Foresight on Global Food Security 2030 brought together a group of experts and stakeholders to
develop a vision for food security in 2030. This vision was then challenged in a test of resilience to unexpected occurrences
and/or underestimated trends. The entire process was designed to establish a structured and inclusive discussion that could
be useful for guiding future EU policies. This report shows that it is essential for Europe to move towards an integrated
examination of a much broader landscape. By 2030 and beyond, food security will increasingly be considered as securing
food supply in response to changing and growing global demand. Food security is not only a global and systemic challenge,
but also an opportunity for the EU to play a role in innovation, trade, health, wealth generation and geopolitics. Better
coordination and coherence at EU level are necessary in order to move from a food-security to a food-systems approach.
This report calls for an evolution of present-day policies on food security and beyond into a Common Food Systems Policy
in which both the systemic and global dimensions of food security are fully incorporated.