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National and Sub-national Food Systems Multi-Stakeholder Mechanisms - An Assessment of Experiences (Full Report)

  • Published on October 21, 2021
This report on SFS MSMs intends to:
►  Fill the aforementioned knowledge gaps to contribute to the aim of the One Planet network’s SFS Programme to support the shift toward sustainable food systems through a holistic approach;

►  Contribute to the efforts made by the Community of Practice on Food Systems Approach on the Ground (CoP-FSAG) to translate food systems approach theory into practice;

►  Contribute to the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 and other relevant multilateral forums, at the sub- national, national and international level, by providing important insights on how multi-stakeholder governance can support the five defined action tracks;

►  Provide a knowledge product and a technical tool with important lessons learned from the 10 SFS MSMs studied, which can be used to inform and encourage countries and cities to advance MSMs as an element of sustainable food systems;

►  Provide an increased knowledge base regarding SFS MSMs and the broader governance structures and arrangements in which they operate.

Ten outstanding cases were selected and studied, three at national level: France, Denmark and India; and seven at sub-national level: Ghent, London, Montreal, Los Angeles, Quito, La Paz and Antananarivo. The individual summaries of the case studies can be found in Chapter 3.

The research also included a comparative analysis on the structures and governance models, policy formulation and implementation processes, and effectiveness of the 10 SFS MSMs. The complete comparative analysis can be found in Chapter 2.

The study’s findings are based on secondary data from a literature review, and primary data coming from

semi-structured interviews and two surveys.5 The first survey, conducted with the SFS MSMs’ representative (focal points), gathered key and basic information about the selected SFS MSM (e.g. structure, governance). The second survey, conducted with stakeholders, captured the perceptions of different stakeholders about various aspects of the selected SFS MSMs, such as the quality of dialogue and leadership, the capacity to foster participatory and inclusive processes and perceived achievements and challenges. A total of 121 stakeholders – from 10 countries, 102 organizations and 7 constituencies (types of organizations) – completed the surveys. 

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