The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture & Food (‘TEEBAgriFood’) is a study that will provide guidance and illustrations for comprehensive evaluations (i.e. including of the most significant externalities) of ‘eco-agri-food systems’*, whilst demonstrating that the economic environment in which farmers operate is distorted by significant externalities, both negative and positive, and a lack of awareness of our dependency on nature.
The ‘Scientific and Economic Foundations’ report, published on June 4th, 2018, addresses the core theoretical issues and controversies underpinning the evaluation of the nexus between theagri-food sector, biodiversity and ecosystem services and externalities including human health impacts fromagricultureonaglobalscale.Itarguesthe need for a ‘systems thinking’ approach, draws out issues related to health, nutrition, equity and livelihoods, presents a Framework for evaluation and describes how it can be applied, and identifies theories and pathways for transformational change.
Pierre Johnson contributed to chapter 2 of this report “Systems Thinking; an approach for understanding eco-agri-food systems”.
TEEBAgriFood ‘Scientific and Economic Foundations’ report can be downloaded on this page.
TEEBAgriFood is hosted by UN Environment, funded primarily by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food and other institutional and government donors. It is led by an independent Study Leader, and governed by a Project Steering Committee comprising senior experts across agriculture, food, health and ecosystem economics