The Organic Food System Program (OFSP) is conceived as a holistic global food system approach to production and consumption patterns. The scope is to identify, understand and describe transformation processes towards sustainable food systems and make lessons learned available in a globally systematized and contextually-applicable way.

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America

Sector of activity
Food & Beverage

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Start date


The Organic Food System Programme (OFSP) further develops the organic food sector as a pilot model and living laboratory for sustainable food systems. We use the organic food system as a model to understand drivers of sustainable food consumption and to link this to real-world examples of sustainable production and consumption. The OFSP uses the organic food system as a kind of window for exploration and evolution but not as a static or exclusive solution. The scope of OFSP is to identify, understand and describe transformation processes towards sustainable food systems and make lessons learned available in a globally systematized and contextually applicable way.

Organic food systems provide a set of unique experiences to learn from as they consist of well-defined principles and practice, as well as regulations and certifications, in different environments as well as providing abundant sets of data for modeling and testing in different geoclimatic and socio-economic regions around the world. Decades of real experience in production and processing provide empirical data and indications of the strengths, weaknesses, and improvement potentials of organic value chains. Furthermore, the organic sector is actively evolving into manifestly encompassing a full spectrum of sustainability issues, beyond what is sometimes seen as a limited scope focused on certification requirements.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Outreach and communication for SCP

  • Organic Food System Programme round tables
  • 2nd world conference" Revitaization of Mediterranean Diet"

Knowledge resource and technical tool

  • Survey to collect Principles and Attributes for the transformation to sustainable food systems and using organic as the basic
  • Congress on local government policy for organic farming

Outcome level

Education on SCP

  • Innovative Education towards Sustainable Food Systems

Impact and Results

By practicing common values, taking a common approach and using common messaging, participating communities, organizations, and individuals simultaneously validate their own work and that of the global movement as a whole. They learn from each other and build the collective work, bringing benefits to themselves and others. Multiplication globally validates community action locally and enables shared learning and ongoing improvement.

OFSP intends the following measurable impacts:
• Increased numbers of local sustainable food systems and an impetus toward more widespread conversion to organic practices, with corresponding increases in quantity and diversity of organically produced raw and processed goods available to consumers;
• More producers affected and improvements in operator (primary producer, processor, trader) performance across a spectrum of sustainability dimensions – ecological, human health, economic, cultural, and social.
• Bigger population served and increased sustainable/organic food consumption, measurable by market data (percentage share), and/or the number of public institutions, restaurants, etc. that have their primary food service provision;
• More researchers/research projects engaged to study and improve the sustainability and health of production-consumption loops, including: results and findings from global and regional research such as on Mediterranean Diet, New Nordic Diet, and Diet for a Green Planet; true cost accounting studies that include environmental, human health, and socioeconomic impacts;

Next steps and how to get involved

The Organic Food System Programme invites new partners, be they organizations or individuals. Please visit and

OFSP regularly holds events to engage and inform interested parties and stimulate activity. The next main event is at the Organic World Congress in India in November 2017, where a special pre-conference will occur. Please see