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Sustainable Food Systems Programme

The Collaborative Framework for Food Systems Transformation

The Collaborative Framework for Food Systems Transformation (FS Framework) is a new tool that will be launched very soon - stay tuned!

What is it?

As its subtitle reads, this is a document that lays out a "multi-stakeholder pathway for sustainable food systems". But what does this really mean? The FS Framework recommends key activities across the food system for accelerating the transition to sustainable food systems. It provides guidance to policy makers in their institutional set up and policy making processes, recognising their important role in managing food systems, while at the same time elaborating on the role of stakeholders in supporting governments along this path. The FS Framework will facilitate the establishment of more sustainable food systems policies and programmes, at national and local levels, underpinned by more robust and adaptive governance structures to handle the current complexities of food systems. In turn, the Framework contributes to the achievement of a number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 2 and 12.

How was it developed?

The FS Framework was conceived in one of the Sustainable Food Systems Programme's core initiaitves, in which several organizations implement on-the-ground work related to the transformation of food systems policy-making and governance to overcome the dire challenges we face. The "Framework" was further developed through consultation with the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee of the SFS Programme, and through wider consultations, including severall workshops carried out throughout 2018.

Why do I need this?

The "Framework" is not deterministic. Using it does not mean implementing a series of pre-configured actions with no regards for different contexts across our planet. Rather, it is a tool that provides a series of steps that are considered important in order to achieve transformation of food systems that has higher chances of producing positive sustainability outcomes and of being sustained in time.

How can I use it?

Depending on your country’s or city’s specific policy and development context, only certain actions may be required to achieve desired food systems outcomes, and several actions may be undertaken in parallel. The FS Framework offers a “Reference checklist” that help governments and food systems stakeholder to assess the progress with which their countries or cities are establishing good conditions for policy-making and implementation.

Who should I contact?

James Lomax <> and Marina Bortoletti <>, UN-Environment

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