The main objective of the project is to provide evidence-based scientific knowledge for the formulation and promotion of innovation strategies and policy options that improve individual and aggregate levels of food systems’ sustainability. The emphasis is on finding ways to enhance collaboration within and between coexisting food systems.

Sector of activity
Food & Beverage

Type of initiative
Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
Scientific and Technical

Start date
28/02/2017

Objectives

The project is aimed at analysing the outcomes and trade-offs of different coexisting food systems in terms of their individual and aggregate contributions to food security, the right to food and other related human rights, reduction of poverty and inequality, environmental performance, and social-ecological resilience. This concept of food sustainability based on five principles (Figure 1) forms the normative background that guides the identification of innovations and policy options for making food systems more sustainable, in terms of both their internal structures and their coexistence and interactions.

The main objective of the project is to provide evidence-based scientific knowledge for the formulation and promotion of innovation strategies and policy options that improve individual and aggregate levels of food systems’ sustainability. The emphasis is on finding ways to enhance collaboration within and between coexisting food systems.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Outreach and communication for SCP

  • Challenges for the tranformative new science of sustainable food systems -Session at ICRD 2017 conference
  • Broadening 'pesticidovivilange' with alternatives to food production without pesticides - Reply to 'Toward Pesticidovigilance', A.M. Milner, I.L. Boyd, Science 357, 6357 (2017)
  • 3ra VERSIÓN DEL PREMIO PLURINACIONAL DE CIENCIA Y TECNOLOGÍA: Winner of the thematic área: "Saberes Locales y Conocimientos Ancestrales de los Pueblos Indígena Originario Campesino" for the article "Desde nuestras ciencias al diálogo intercientífico para la sustentabilidad alimentaria y el desarrollo sustentable" written by Freddy Delgado, Stephan Rist, Johanna Jacobi, Mayra Delgado.
  • Policy brief on pesticides used in food production in Bolivia
  • Peer reviewd paper Linking sustainable diets to the concept of "food system sustainability" publisihed in Journal on Food, Agriculture and Society
  • Tagesanzeiger, Interview mit Dr. Elisabeth Bürgi: Die Schweiz kann mutiger werden

Training for SCP

  • A food sustainability event in Yatirenda, a Guaraní community in the Bolivian Chaco
  • Zertifikatskurs Universität "Nachhaltigkeit für Nord un Süd - Die Umsetzung der globalen Nachhaltigkeitsziele. Schwerpunkt nachhaltiger Handel und Ernährungssysteme

Knowledge resource and technical tool

  • Publication: Catacora-Vargas G, Llanque Zonta A, Jacobi J, Delgado Burgoa F. 2016. Soberanía alimentaria: reflexiones a partir de diferentes sistemas alimentarios de Santa Cruz, Bolivia. NERA 32 (19): 170-194.
  • Contribution to Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Food (Hilal Elver) "Adverse Impacts of Pesticides on the Human Right to Food"
  • Peer-reviewed article "Agroecosystem Service Capacity Index – A methodological approach" published in Landscape Online
  • Peer-reviewed article "Actor-specific perceptions of risks and strategies for resilience building in different food systems in Kenya and Bolivia" published in Regional Environmental Change

Outcome level

Education on SCP

SCP changes in practice

  • Transformative Pilot Action for improving food system sustainability in Kalbeon Village, norther Ghana
  • Transformative Pilot Action "Smallholder Dairy Value Chain in Umande Ward, Laikipia"

Impact and Results

A transdisciplinary approach means organizing a process of knowledge co-production between researchers and food system stakeholders; this will include production of target or normative knowledge (expressed here in the five principles of food sustainability), systems knowledge (i.e. understanding of food systems in terms of the proposed research questions), and transformation knowledge (i.e. identification of innovations and policy options for improving food systems’ sustainability). Empirical research on the impacts of interactions between different food systems has been carried out by more than 30 researchers from Bolivia, Kenya and Switzerland, based on six case studies in Bolivia and Kenya, and in the future in four secondary case studies in other countries of South America and Africa. Production of transformation knowledge is closely related to the project’s strategy of communication and implementation of research results. It is organized around the development of a “Food Sustainability Assessment Framework (FoodSAF)” that can be used by non-scientific actors to find innovations and policy options for making food systems more sustainable.