Sustainable and circular bioeconomy for food systems transformation

Publications

2021
This guidance note describes a series of general steps to establish an effective and robust system to monitor the sustainability of the bioeconomy in a given country or macro-region. This note builds on lessons learned from existing experiences of national and macro-regional bioeconomy monitoring systems. It was jointly developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), under the mandate of the International Bioeconomy Forum.

2021
In its 2020 communiqué, the International Advisory Council on Global Bioeconomy has urged to strengthen good practices and policies to advance the global bioeconomy. This Compendium outlines 250 sources of good practices and policies. It covers the entire continuum of economic sectors that have a stake in biological knowledge and resources. The Compendium, therefore, highlights the wide range of aspects that are included in the concept of the bioeconomy. Being an inherently multisectoral process that involves potential synergies and trade-offs among different sustainability objectives, the implementation of bioeconomy strategies presents greater challenges than activities that are focused on a single sector. The report also shows how good practices and policies contribute to the translation of bioeconomy strategies into coordinated actions for the achievement of local priorities and sustainability goals, while also addressing global issues.

2020
In search for answers, an informal group of people got together first to look into the question about alternative explanations for the obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) pandemic. A review of recent scientific literature showed how gut dysbiosis, an imbalance in the gut microbiome, is a common factor in obesity and various diet-related NCDs. A further search for factors that can cause dysbiosis led to the identification of a variety of possible causative factors, including lifestyle factors, use of antibiotics, diet composition, the presence of various chemical compounds in our food, etc.

2020
Bioeconomy is the production, utilization and conservation of biological resources, including related knowledge, science, technology, and innovation, to provide information, products, processes and services across all economic sectors aiming toward a sustainable economy’. Its cross-cutting nature offers a unique opportunity to comprehensively address interconnected societal challenges such as food and nutrition security, fossil-resource dependence, natural resource scarcity and climate change, while achieving sustainable economic development.

2019
The FAO framework for the Urban Food Agenda provides a strategy for addressing the emerging calls from countries, responding to demands for a holistic approach to food insecurity and malnutrition across the rural-urban continuum. It aims to support governments in tackling the complex food security and nutrition challenges and opportunities created by urbanization through sustainable food system development. This publication explains the guiding principles that are central to the framework and describes FAO’s comprehensive areas of support to the urban food agenda.

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