The Future of Food

The Future of Food

According to a new report by Accenture, global population growth, expected to exceed 20 percent, and the shift from rural to urban life will increase demands for future food-stocks and shorter, more efficient supply chains.

Food production will continue to be vulnerable to the impacts of rising global temperatures, with water stress and drought becoming more common.
Advances in technology and open access to capital will fuel an explosion of business model innovation. With margin pressure mounting on commoditized categories, digital (and physical) transformation will be essential to the food marketplace. Grocers need to create platforms that enable multi-sided networks, supplier collaboration, and integrated services to capture revenue outside traditional categories of goods.

By 2050, global protein demand will increase by 80 percent over today’s levels, and traditional advancements won’t be up to the yield challenge. Instead, the food base will change and broaden.

You can read the full report here.

About the author

Dr. Mariana Damova is the CEO of Mozaika, a company providing research and solutions in the field of data science, reasoning with natural language semantics, and natural human computer interfaces, creativity enhancing applications, and research infrastructures for the humanities. Previously, she was a Business development Manager and a Knowledge Management Expert specializing in ontology engineering and linked data management at a world leading technology provider. She was instrumental in the successful winning and knowledge modelling of large data integration and management projects such as the Semantic Knowledge Base for The National Archive of the United Kingdom and Research Space for the British Museum, as well as European FP7 projects such as Europeana Creative and Multisensor. Her work focuses on the design and development of data integration infrastructures which allow efficient querying, access and navigation over linked data. She has managed the building of the official experimental Europeana SPARQL endpoint holding Europeana semantic data. Mariana holds a PhD from the University of Stuttgart and teaches semantic technologies and multimedia at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia. She regularly reviews books and articles for ACM and has authored books and scientific articles in linguistics and semantic technologies. She has successfully lead international interdisciplinary teams and projects carrying technological risks, driven and managed change in engineering and operational contexts in North America and in Europe, and acquired the ability to leverage marketing requirements with knowledge intense technological solutions.

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