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.

Webinar Recording - Life Cycle Assessment for sustainable food systems: integrating nutritional and environmental assessment (27 October 2021)
Full recording from the Webinar 'Life Cycle Assessment for sustainable food systems..." on 27 October 2021...
(Video) The SFS-MED Platform: Sustainable Food Systems in the Mediterranean
The SFS-MED Platform offers a forum to facilitate collaboration beyond the Food Systems Summit. It is a multi-stakeholder initiative, by CIHEAM, FAO and UfMS, and shares a common approach to food...
07 Dec 2021
The Nutrition for Growth Summit will be an important opportunity to set the world on a path to achieving the SDG targets – in particular,...
09 Dec 2021
  UNFSS Independent Dialogue: Pathways for the Future of Sustainable Food Systems in the Mediterranean – Dialogue 3: Way forward for regional collaboration The dialogue will take...