Food Production 2035

Food production 2035: Resilient and sustainable in the future

Workgroup: Applied Digitalization

Research Partner and Scientific Guidance:

  1. Fraunhofer-Institut für Verfahrenstechnik und Verpackung IVV, Freising, Sebastian Carsch

Financing: IVLV
Duration: 2023

In recent years, the living and working environment in most regions around the world has changed significantly due to multifactorial challenges. Particularly last year, companies in the manufacturing sector had to increasingly deal with supply bottlenecks in the procurement of raw materials worldwide. Extreme climate and weather conditions are expected to increase in the future in Germany as well. At the same time, there is increasing pressure from society and politics to combat a further deterioration of environmental problems through sustainable corporate management. The changes necessary for this entail major challenges.

Especially for companies in system‐critical industries such as food production, it is becoming increasingly crucial to react as directly as possible to any external changes, some of which are difficult to predict. In order to limit the extent of climate change and at the same time ensure business and production capability, companies must proactively anticipate solutions to the many challenges and prepare appropriate measures.

The aim of Food Production 2035 is to develop practical guidelines for the IVLV member companies. To this end, an overview will first be developed in the form of an influence network. This will enable the prioritisation of different fields of action for a resilient and sustainable orientation of food producers with regards to working and production conditions in the production and processing of food in 2035. For this purpose, topic‐specific future scenarios will be created together with experts, which will show the challenges for the production and processing of food in 2035. The aim is to provide as broad an overview as possible of the challenges facing a wide range of topics, such as energy supply, resource availability, changes in food cultivation, the consequences of climate change, social and political developments, technological innovations and digitalisation, and to highlight the correlations between the influencing factors. The influence networks will be discussed in topic‐specific focus groups with company representatives and strategies for action will be developed.

Project results:

  1. At least 7 topic‐specific future scenarios developed with experts
  2. Influence network of challenges for food production 2035
  3. Prioritisation of the need for action for a resilient and sustainable orientation of food producers
  4. Development of action strategies for selected challenges