SE054 Moving toward Integrated Food Policies: Reviewing lessons learnt from Europe and Brazil, and assessing emerging opportunities in Africa and the USA


  • International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)
  • Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)
  • Brazil
  • Netherlands

Today's food systems have succeeded in producing large volumes of food, but at the cost of widespread degradation of land, water, and ecosystems, high greenhouse gas emissions, rising obesity, livelihood stresses for farmers, and persistent hunger and malnutrition. The spiraling human, economic, social, and environmental impacts reflect a failure of food system governance. The policies affecting food systems (e.g. agriculture, fisheries, environment, development, health, trade, energy, research, market regulation, welfare, education, transport, etc.) often conflict with one another, leading to costly inefficiencies and a failure to meet stated objectives.

Disconnects between different levels of governance (e.g. local, regional, and national) also hold back our ability to promote, scale out, and learn from local food system initiatives. Integrated Food Policies have the potential to address these problems by increasing coherence, coordination, and synergies between the various sectoral policies that affect food production, processing, distribution, and consumption, and by refocusing all actions on delivering food security for all and sparking a transition to sustainability. In other words, Integrated Food Policies are essential to achieving SDG2 and a range of other SDGs.

The session will draw lessons from IPES-Food's "EU Common Food Policy" process (2016-2019), which brought together 400 food system actors to co-develop an EU food policy blueprint, as well as from Brazil’s food and nutrition security strategies. The session will also explore opportunities for developing Integrated Food Policies in Africa and the USA.


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