Foresight Briefs

Foresight Briefs highlight a hotspot of environmental change, feature an emerging science topic, or discuss a contemporary environmental issue. They provide a systematic way of examining possible future outcome of emerging environmental issues that can also inform decision making today. UNEP's Foresight Briefs aim to present emerging issues, systemic insights and possible policy solutions on a wide range of topics related to our environment in a short readable document.


Causal Influences:

(+) Influence is in the same direction

(−) Influence is in the opposite direction

Current Foresight Brief
Current Foresight Brief

Food loss and waste occurs at different stages of food production, distribution and consumption cycles and results in humanity losing about one-third of total food produced. This also leads to wasted social and economic opportunities, as well as environmental degradation due to rising pressure on ecosystems stemming from the need for agricultural land. This foresight brief addresses the various reasons for food loss and waste across the world, offering both habit nudges and policy changes that may lead to better practices by farmers, retailers and consumers.

Foresight Projects

UN System Informal Strategic Foresight Network (HLCP)

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