Project final report

Regional Foresight for Food Systems in the Eastern Gangetic Plains - Final report

Date released
22 December 2021
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Avinash Kishore (ed) Jahangir Alam, Prateek Bhattacharya, and Madhav Karki


This project aimed to inform and improve the future of food systems in the EGP region and to strengthen local capacities for scenario-based foresight exercises through training, mentoring and supporting a learning-by-doing approach.

The challenges for the food, energy and water security and the transformational opportunities in the EGP provide a rich context for undertaking foresight exercises for food systems. The EGP has the highest density of farmers, farm labourers and consumers in the world. The region is experiencing rapid economic transformation.

Project outcomes

  • Enabled researchers and policy-makers to identify the drivers of changes in the food system, interactions among different drivers, and reflecting on implications of trends and uncertainties in the drivers for natural resources and people.
  • Improved awareness and understanding about what foresight is and how it can serve the interests of farmers, policy-makers, and other stakeholders in the food system.
  • Built capacity and increased engagement of local partners to undertake foresight and scenario building exercises for a sustainable food system.
  • Produced three analytical reports, based on participatory foresight exercises with the communities, on emerging opportunities and challenges for women and men in the farming communities of Bangladesh, West Bengal, and Nepal.

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