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Costa Rica joins co-leadership of the Sustainable Food Systems Programme

  • Published on November 3, 2019
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica has joined the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture and the World Wildlife Fund in the co-leadership of the Sustainable Food Systems programme.

Costa Rica’s Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock promotes diverse initiatives to foster responsible agricultural practices for sustainable food systems. Through its co-leadership of the programme, Costa Rica will be able to share experiences and expertise on nature-based solutions, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and biodiversity from the Latin America perspective.  

The One Planet network welcomes Costa Rica to the Sustainable Food Systems programme. The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica has joined the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in the co-leadership of the Sustainable Food Systems programme.

Background

Our planet has the capacity to provide a growing world population with enough nutritious and varied food, now and in the future. However almost 800 million people go hungry and about 2 billion are malnourished. About 30 percent of the global adult population is overweight or obese, and around 30 percent of food produced worldwide is lost or wasted. Food systems are both contributing to and affected by challenges including climate change, land degradation and biodiversity loss. They rely on a natural resource base that is becoming increasingly fragile and scarce. Unless consumption and production patterns are brought to operate within planetary boundaries, such pressures will further increase with population and economic growth

The Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Programme was launched in October 2015, as a multi-stakeholder programme to promote SCP patterns in the area of food and agriculture. Its Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC) has 23 members from five different stakeholder clusters:

  • Government agencies
  • Civil society organizations
  • Research and technical institutions
  • UN agencies and other international organizations
  • Private sector

Furthermore, the SFS Programme currently has over 152 partners from all stakeholder groups and around the globe.

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