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.

School feeding in Portoviejo, Ecuador
This video shows the outcome of the School Feeding Programme activated in Portoviejo, Ecuador, in line with the FAO Framework for the Urban Food Agenda. Such project impacts on a...
Sixteen Urban Food Systems Dialogues for the UN Food Systems Summit
This report summarizes the major outcomes of the dialogues that were conducted by more than 26 local governments and brought together about 1000 stakeholders under the partnership between the Food...
10 Oct 2022
The 50th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will be held from 10 to 13 October 2022...