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A multiple challenge
Our planet has the capacity to provide a growing world population with enough nutritious and varied food, now and in the future. However almost 800 million people go hungry and about 2 billion are malnourished. About 30 percent of the global adult population is overweight or obese, and around 30 percent of food produced worldwide is lost or wasted. Food systems are both contributing to and affected by challenges including climate change, land degradation and biodiversity loss. They rely on a natural resource base that is becoming increasingly fragile and scarce. Unless consumption and production patterns are brought to operate within planetary boundaries, such pressures will further increase with population and economic growth.
A multi-stakeholder, systems-based response
Responding to these many challenges requires a systems-based approach that addresses the range and complexity of interactions in the production and consumption of food. The Sustainable Food System (SFS) Programme contributes to this by building synergies and cooperation among stakeholders along the pathway to more sustainable food systems.
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Work areas and focus themes
The SFS Programme has four work areas and five cross-cutting focus themes that guide the Programme towards the achievement of its goal.
The four work areas are:
- Raising awareness on the need to adopt SCP patterns in food systems
- Building enabling environments for sustainable food systems
- Increasing the access to and fostering the application of actionable knowledge, information and tools to mainstream SCP in food systems
- Strengthening collaboration among food system stakeholders to increase the sector’s SCP performance
Each work area has a dedicated Task Force.
The following are the five focus themes that are being addressed under these four work areas:
- Sustainable diets
- Sustainability along all food value chains
- Reduction of food losses and waste
- Local, national, regional multi-stakeholder platforms
- Resilient, inclusive, diverse food production systems
The 1st Global Conference
Read about our 1st Global Conference here.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- SFS Programme Document
- SFS Programme Terms of Reference and PARTNER APPLICATION FORM
- 1st MAC meeting kick-off Event Summary Report
- 2nd MAC meeting (teleconference) Summary Report
- 3rd MAC meeting (face-to-face) Summary Report
- 4th MAC Meeting (teleconference) Summary Report
- 5th MAC Meeting (teleconference) Summary Report
- 6th MAC meeting (face-to-face) Summary Report
- 7th MAC meeting (teleconference) Summary Report
- 8th MAC meeting (teleconference) Summary Report
- 9th MAC meeting (teleconference) Summary Report
- Newsletter #1, March 2016
- Newsletter #2, August 2016
- Newsletter #3, November 2016
- Newsletter #4, April 2017
- Newsletter #5, July 2017
- Newsletter #6, November 2017
- Newsletter #7, March 2018
- Newsletter #8, August 2018
- Newsletter #9, November 2018
- Food Loss and Waste Country Policy webinar April 2018
- Food Loss and Waste Initiatives and Partnerships webinar September 2018