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Our current food systems cannot fulfill their purpose to provide nutritious and healthy food to all and contribute to enhanced livelihood opportunities in an environmentally sustainable way. They are being challenged by several factors, including changing diets, technology, urbanization and climate change.

In many instances, the problem lies in the constraints of the system, far beyond agricultural production. There may be enough food to potentially feed everyone - preventing the dual healthy burdens of malnutrition and obesity-, however, the economic and territorial imbalances are such that food systems do not generate fair economic returns for all actors, particularly for small-scale producers, triggering an endless cycle of precariousness and poverty. 

The FSA started with 8 pilot countries (Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, and Senegal) and is extending to over 50 countries.

Under a partnership between the European UnionFAO, and CIRAD, in cooperation with national and food systems stakeholders, a large-scale assessment and consultation on food systems was initiated in more than 50 countries, as a first step towards transforming them.

The assessments are based on a systemic approach that takes into consideration food systems as a whole and examine the many interactions across four key sectors: nutrition and food security, economic well-being, territorial equity, and environmental protection. The evidence and knowledge gathered so far has identified key sustainability questions that will help define innovative policy and investments solutions in view of transforming food systems to make them more sustainable and inclusive. The results of the assessments also contribute to the national dialogues organized in the framework of the UN Food System Summit held in September 2021.

 

Latest stories

(October 2022) FAO side-event at 50th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Committee for Food Security. There is a wide recognition that our food systems are no longer sustainable. They do not provide a diverse and healthy diet, the systems of production are damaging to the environment and the economic gap between actors is widening.

(October 2022) At the 2022 summit of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) held in Kigali, Rwanda, 5-7 September 2022, the future of food systems in Africa was at the core of the debate. They are a fundamental part in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, but mid-way through, intensified efforts are needed to meet the target.

(February 2022) To coincide with the publication of the results of the global Food System Assessment, a high-level webinar was held on 20 January as part of the EU's Infopoint series. The event, which gathered nearly 200 participants, had a specific focus on the African continent with results.

(September 2021) As world leaders gather in New York for the UN Food Systems Summit, convened under the General Assembly, to discuss solutions to improve the world's food systems, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is releasing key results from a major food systems assessment programme.

(June 2021) Fifty countries are conducting food system assessments, with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the European Union (EU) and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD). 

(October 2020) Our food systems are under pressure, be it from climate change, changing demographics, COVID-19 or other shocks. Transforming food systems to be more sustainable, resilient and inclusive requires a clear understanding of their different dimensions.


Publications

Early Insights

Bhutan

Madagascar

Burkina Faso

Nepal

ENGLISH
July 2021

ENGLISH
September 2021

ENGLISH
September 2021

ENGLISH
September 2021

Country profiles

Burkina Faso

Madagascar

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Senegal

FRANÇAIS
September 2021

FRANÇAIS
December 2021

FRANÇAIS
January 2022

FRANÇAIS
January 2022

Mongolia

Nepal

Bhutan

Burundi

ENGLISH
February 2022

ENGLISH
February 2022

ENGLISH
February 2022

FRANÇAIS
February 2022

Sierra Leone

Zambia

Comoros

Lebanon

ENGLISH
March 2022

ENGLISH
March 2022

FRANÇAIS
April 2022

ENGLISH
العربية
April 2022

Gambia

Cameroon

Mali

Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

ENGLISH
April 2022

FRANÇAIS
April 2022

FRANÇAIS
May 2022

ESPAÑOL
May 2022

Belize

Jamaica

South Africa

Dominican Republic

ENGLISH
May 2022

ENGLISH
May 2022

ENGLISH
May 2022

ESPAÑOL
May 2022

Lao People's Democratic Republic

Somalia

Mozambique

Eswatini

ENGLISH
ພາສາລາວ
June 2022

ENGLISH
June 2022

ENGLISH
PORTUGUÊS
June 2022

ENGLISH
July 2022

Zimbabwe

Côte d'Ivoire

Guinea-Bissau

Perú

ENGLISH
August 2022

FRANÇAIS
August 2022

PORTUGUÊS
FRANÇAIS
November 2022

ESPAÑOL
September 2022

Haïti

Colombia

Guatemala

Coming soon

FRANÇAIS
October 2022

ESPAÑOL
October 2022

ESPAÑOL
November 2022


Key reports

Catalysing the sustainable and inclusive transformation of food systems

Interim Synthesis brief

Évaluation des systèmes alimentaires- vers la réalisation des objectifs de développement durable

Conceptual framework and method for national and territorial assessments

ENGLISH
July 2021

ENGLISH
September 2021

FRANÇAIS
November 2021

FRANÇAIS
PORTUGUÊS
ENGLISH
ESPAÑOL
November 2022

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