Projects

The Foresight4Food Initiative facilitates a broad range of foresight activities supporting food systems transformation. This page highlights the wide range of ongoing and past projects that the Foresight4Food has either initiated or in which F4F members have been involved. These projects include foresight analyses at global, regional, and national level, events and webinars, and a range of foresight courses and training activities.

Foresight4Food Projects

The FaST Programme
Supporting Participatory Foresight Processes in Africa, Asia and the Middle East
The “Enabling National Processes of Foresight for Food Systems Transformation (FaST) Programme”, which runs from June 2022 to June 2025, supports participatory foresight and scenario processes in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The programme is funded by the Netherlands, delivered through IFAD and implemented by the Foresight4Food network, with Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI) and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in leading positions.
Foresight Capability for Food Systems Transformation
Pilot Studies in Ghana and Uganda
This research project using Ghana and Uganda as pilot studies aims to builds on earlier foresight and scenario analyses in these countries. The first phase, with participants from across the Ugandan food sector, held successful seminars on systems approaches and various analyses in food systems. The second phase, which was held in July 2022 with African foresight experts, explored a participatory scenario process for the Ghanian food system. The project is being led by the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford (which hosts Foresight4Food), with funding from the Open Society Foundations, and strong partnerships with the University of Ghana and Makerere University in Uganda.
What Future for Small-Scale Agriculture?
Farmers and food systems
This Foresight4Food project explores the future of small-scale agriculture, and calls for a profound transformation of food systems in this sector. The project, which draws on the latest data, assesses the state of small-scale agriculture, proposes conceptual frameworks, highlights where more data is needed, and strongly calls for long-term food systems transformation to ensure the sustainability, profitability, and long-term success of small-scale agriculture in the future.

Partner Projects

What Future for Small-Scale Agriculture?
Farmers and food systems
This Foresight4Food project explores the future of small-scale agriculture, and calls for a profound transformation of food systems in this sector. The project, which draws on the latest data, assesses the state of small-scale agriculture, proposes conceptual frameworks, highlights where more data is needed, and strongly calls for long-term food systems transformation to ensure the sustainability, profitability, and long-term success of small-scale agriculture in the future.
Regional Foresight for Food Systems in the Eastern Gangetic Plains
Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research
This project used scenario-based foresight analyses to understand the future risks and opportunities for food systems in the Eastern Gangetic Plans (EGP) region of Bangladesh. The project aimed to increase capacity and engagement of local EGP actors in identifying drivers, trends, and uncertainties in their food systems. Three reports, based on the participatory foresight exercises of the project, outline the emerging opportunities and challenges for this region. The project was conducted between September 2019 and December 2020 by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research in partnership with Bangladesh Agricultural University.
K4D: Learning Journey on Changing Food Systems
Learning Journey on Changing Food Systems
The Learning Journey (March 2018 to April 2019) brought together external experts and DFID country and headquarters staff to explore the longer-term implications of changing food systems for DFID’s development goals. Through dynamic knowledge activities – e.g. framing sessions, thematic sessions and in-country round table discussions – it looked at both the systemic risks and transformational opportunities in food systems, and identified how the latter could mitigate the former.