‘Setting the Table for our Children’ envisions a future in which sustainable and healthy food is affordable and attainable to all. It proposes to bring down the tremendous obvious and hidden economic, health, social and environmental costs of current food production and consumption patterns by promoting a food systems approach to food policy planning and governance.

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Uganda

Sectors of activity
Agricultural and Fishery, Food & Beverage

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising, Policy Frameworks & Tools

Start date


Food systems need to function within the context of a finite and shrinking resource base. More explicitly, in the future they will need to cope with challenges posed by exhaustible fresh water reserves and a growing demand for energy. Currently collaboration across the food system is rare with silo-thinking predominant within the public sector, private sector and civil society. Moreover many food systems – as a result of incoherent or inadequate and exclusive policy planning - rather exploit resources, externalize costs to the environment or vulnerable communities, produce inefficiencies and mainly build on end-of-pipe solutions. There’s an urgent need to accelerate the shift to more sustainable food systems to safeguard a food secure future.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Outreach and communication for SCP

  • Outreach to Zambian government officials and international development partners about the potential acquisition of the iSDG tool.
  • Zambian Food Change Lab

Knowledge resource and technical tool

  • Input to the 7th GEF replenishment
  • Concept note for a SFS Transformative Framework
  • Collaborative Framework for Food Systems Transformation. A Manual for policy makers and stakeholders.
  • Advocacy Toolkit - People centred advocacy for a more sustainable food system
  • Production and launch of a discussion paper: 'Citizen-generated evidence for a more sustainable and healthy food system'

Training for SCP

  • Sustainabel Food Systems Roundtable in Africa

Outcome level

Coordination on SCP

  • Zambia Food Change Lab
  • The Uganda FOod Change Lab - Planning for a sustainable food system in the face of rapid urbanisation

Impact and Results


Next steps and how to get involved

Contact: nvaart@hivos.org; marina.bortoletti@un.org