Recommended reads ahead of the Food Systems Summit – Action track 2: Shift to sustainable consumption patterns


Action track 2 will work to build consumer demand for sustainably produced food, strengthen local value chains, improve nutrition, and promote the reuse and recycling of food resources, especially among the most vulnerable. 

Ahead of the Food Systems Summit, browse a list of FAO publications related to Action track 2: Shift to sustainable consumption patterns

Food loss and waste-related 

The State of Food and Agriculture 2019 – Moving forward on food loss and waste reduction

The 2019 edition provided new estimates of the percentage of the world's food lost from production through the retail level, suggesting that identifying and understanding critical loss points in specific supply chains is crucial to defining appropriate measures.

Reducing food loss and waste: Five challenges for policy and research

Despite broad agreement in policy circles on the need to reduce food loss and waste (FLW), considerable gaps in information still exist. This paper identifies policy-relevant information gaps; summarizes recent research that tries to fill these gaps; and identifies five challenges for researchers, policymakers and practitioners in reducing food loss and waste.

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Food systems-related

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 – Transforming food systems for food security, improved nutrition and affordable healthy diets for all

This year’s edition presents the first global assessment of food insecurity and malnutrition for 2020 as well as new estimates of the cost and affordability of healthy diets.

The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2020 – Agricultural markets and sustainable development: Global value chains, smallholder farmers and digital innovations

This report aims to discuss policies and mechanisms that promote sustainable outcomes – economic, social and environmental – in agricultural and food markets, both global and domestic.   

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Antimicrobial Resistance Multi-Partner Trust Fund: Forging Tripartite collaboration for urgent global and country action against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – Annual Progress Report 2020

The Antimicrobial Resistance Multi-Partner Trust Fund aims to secure consistent financing for the implementation of the National Action Plans (NAPs). Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, work advanced in 2020 at both the global and country levels.

Animal nutrition strategies and options to reduce the use of antimicrobials in animal production

The strategies are intended to reduce the risk of the presence of potentially harmful substances in feed and water. General dietary measures to promote gastrointestinal tract health include the selective use of a combination of feed additives and feed ingredients.

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Policy briefs


  • The State of Food and Agriculture 2021