Sustainable Food Systems hold the possibility of reorganizing relationships between producers. The purpose of this Core Initiative is to map, through multi-actor participatory approaches, the markets that contribute to creating sustainable food systems and to develop nutrition sensitive value chain approaches at the country level.

Sectors of activity
Agricultural and Fishery, Food & Beverage

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

Type of lead actors
United Nations / intergovernmental organizations, Scientific and Technical

Start date


The specific objectives are to: 1) Develop a participatory methodology to map and analyze existing initiatives, in developing and developed countries; 2) Gather and share knowledge and experiences through workshops and develop guidance materials on how to implement these innovations; 3) Provide policy support to public, private and civic actors who want to support these types of approaches


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Knowledge resource and technical tool

  • Practitioner guide for innovative markets

Outreach and communication for SCP

  • Regional Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for a Healthy Diet
  • Mapping Territorial Markets: A participatory approach to data collection. First international workshop
  • Mapping Territorial Markets: A participatory approach to data collection Africa regional Workshop

Training for SCP

  • Mapping of Territorial Markets: first Latin America workshop

Outcome level

Policy instrument for SCP

  • Development of participatory guarantee systems and short value chains for Geographical Indications
  • Approval of the school feeding law in Guatemala, December 2017

Impact and Results

This initiative provides an opportunity to begin significant original work at international, regional, national and local levels on sustainable food systems.

The approaches that are developed here are done in a participatory manner so that all partners will be able to take ownership of the results immediately and integrate them into their workplans.

Next steps and how to get involved