Food Systems

A range of pressures including rapid population growth, urbanization, growing wealth and consequent changes in consumption patterns, are challenging our food systems’ ability to provide nutritious food, and to contribute to enhanced livelihood opportunities  in an environmentally sustainable way. Our food systems are contributing to, and affected by, extreme weather events as associated with climate change, land degradation and biodiversity loss. Responding to these challenges requires a systems-based approach that addresses the range and complexities in a holistic and sustainable manner.

A sustainable food system is one that delivers food security and nutrition for all in such a way that the economic, social and environmental bases to generate food security and nutrition for future generation is not compromised. This means that it is profitable throughout, ensuring economic sustainability, it has broad-based benefits for society, securing social sustainability, and that it has a positive or neutral impact on the natural resource environment, safeguarding the sustainability of the environment.

Podcast: Sustainable private investments in food systems
In developing countries, and particularly in Africa, farmers, processors and other actors in the agriculture sector struggle to access the financial resources needed to accelerate progress toward the Sustainable Development...
The Regional Cooperation Centre for Sustainable Food Systems for the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC-CSFS)
Within the FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme on Food and Agriculture (FTPP), the BSEC Regional Cooperation Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (BSEC-CSFS), based in Ankara, has been established with a clear mandate,...
21 Jun 2021
UNFSS Independent Dialogue: Pathways for the Future of Sustainable Food Systems in the Mediterranean – Dialogue 2 Building on the findings of the 1st SFS-MED...
26 Jul 2021
The United Nations and the Government of Italy announced the Pre-Summit gathering for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit in Rome, Italy from July 26...