Towards a Common Understanding of Sustainable Food Systems: Key approaches, concepts and terms

Published in 2020 by

Type of document: Scientific, technical, research

This publication puts into context related concepts and approaches that can be used to address the multiple food systems challenges, with the aim to facilitate a common understanding. This common understanding is expected to support a more rapid and robust transition to more sustainable food systems at local, national, regional, and global levels.

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This publication is a product of the One Planet network’s Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Programme. The objective of this publication is to facilitate knowledge and promote a common understanding of key approaches, concepts, and terms related to sustainable food systems among a broad range of relevant stakeholders, globally. The ambition is for the publication to become a reference document for anyone working toward more sustainable consumption and production patterns in the area of food and agriculture. It is part of the “SFS Toolbox,” which also includes a Collaborative Framework for Food Systems Transformation, a set of case studies, and an online learning course. The publication is intended as a living document that will be reviewed as the science and knowledge around food systems evolve. The inclusion of any specific term does not imply endorsement by the individual members of the SFS Programme, nor should there be any implication that a sustainable food system must include all the concepts described here.