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Posted 24 August 2018 at 01:03

Sustainable development requires a transformation of food systems

We need to transform our food systems if we want to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and combat climate change. This is the message of an article published in the journal “Agronomy for Sustainable Development” on August 9th. According to the authors, food systems “are at the nexus that links food security, nutrition, and human health, the viability of ecosystems, climate change, and social justice.” They are not just vital for achieving SDG2, which focuses on ending hunger and malnutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture – they concern the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “We need to implement a comprehensive transformation in food systems, centering on different paradigms and models from those of the 20th century,” said lead author Patrick Caron, a researcher with CIRAD and Chair of the UN’s High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition. He stressed that the overriding priority for agriculture was for a long time to increase production, but this century has brought new challenges. We therefore need to move beyond food supply and focus on the long-term sustainability of food and farming.

The authors build on the work of the “Milano Group,” a group of experts convened by the UN Secretary General for an informal meeting in Italy on World Food Day 2015, and propose a four-pillar strategy for the transformation of food systems


Further reading and links to Original article and background papers:

Please note that interesting discussions will take place in the Netherlands on how a food systems approach could help practitioners and policy makers in their work. A/o. at the WUR SDG conference next week.

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4 months 3 weeks ago

Nicole Metz Dear Paul Allertz and all, I am sorry the link I posted does not seem to work at the moment. It worked last week when I posted this article. This is beyond my control. Please check again in a few days if you are interested. Or else visit and use the search term  'food systems' for other publications on this topic. Apologies.

4 months 3 weeks ago

Zibusiso Wayne Dube I'm eligible for that even though I'm not a Ugandan citizen?

4 months 3 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve is this the correct link Nicole Metz?

4 months 3 weeks ago

Nicole Metz thanks Anne Marie for the additional link. Your link to the CIRAD page is good & it includes contacts of CIRAD staff for those who are interested. The Original link in my post above is now functioning again fortunately.

4 months 1 week ago