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Future proofing agriculture systems. Circular sanitation economies for more resilient and sustainable food systems

The Food and Agriculture Organizationof the United Nations (FAO) and the Toilet Board Coalition (TBC) have collaborated on this piece of work to shine a light on the benefits and rationale for agricultural systems, and the local and national contexts in which they operate, to champion circular sanitation economies and the products coming from them.

This paper focuses on discussing the entry points of circular sanitation economies for the agriculture sector and the role they can play to meet the expected increase in population, urbanisation and global food demand.

The business case section of the paper highlights the growing role of the private sector in implementing these models linked with the Water-Energy-Food (WEF nexus), the opportunities and barriers to overcome. Finally, the paper ends with a call to action section for policy makers, governments, agriculture sector professionals and the private sector, as well as consumers at both local and national levels, to implement circular sanitation economies in order to achieve global food security.