Feeding our brave new geopolitical world

Published November 1, 2017

Dr. Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Markets and Food at WWF outlines how global politics, migration, food price volatility and productivity inefficiencies are key issues for changing the face of our food systems.

«95% of global trade comes from 8 countries. If we have a drought in any of those 8 countries it is going to affect food availability and food prices. In the 21st century, sustainability needs to be a pre-competitive issue.» DR. JASON CLAY

Dr. Jason Clay leads the work of WWF-US on agriculture, aquaculture, business and industry, finance, fisheries, and forests. Dr. Clay’s drives WWF’s work with private sector companies to improve their supply chain management, particularly with regard to ingredient sourcing and carbon and water neutrality, and with industries to transform entire sectors by improving their overall performance.

From 1999-2003, he co-directed a consortium with WWF, World Bank, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and National Aquaculture Centers of Asia/Pacific to identify the most significant environmental and social impacts of shrimp aquaculture and analyze better management practices that measurably reduce them. Since then he has co-convened (with the IFC and others) multi-stakeholder roundtables of producers, investors, buyers, researchers and NGOs to identify and reduce the social and environmental impacts of such products as salmon, soy, sugarcane, cotton, and palm oil.