GHP-TNL Using Gaming to Understand Food Scarcity

Patricia Stapleton, Jalal Awan, Padmaja Vedula, Jonathan Lamb, Jonathan Welburn, Tim Gulden

Sustainability and equitability of the world’s food production systems is a growing and complex issue. Over the next several decades, expanding global population and demographic shifts will drive significantly increased demand for food production as well as more resource-intensive mixes of foods, while climate change and direct human activities threaten the viability of many growing regions. Food systems are also heavily interlinked with technological developments, commodity markets, financial systems, human conflict, trade arrangements, and sociocultural norms. This confluence of factors represents emerging systemic risks that carry deep uncertainty about their long-term behaviors and response to policy decisions that, ultimately, puts the world’s poorest citizens at highest risk.