Food Systems Approach
The global ambitions to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture (SDG2) demand a complex transition of the current food system. At the same time, the food system also needs to respond to other challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity, (youth) employment and gender equality. There are many interconnections within the system, which means that activities with an effect on one part of the food system can result in (unintended) outcomes in other areas. A need thus exists to manage such trade-offs and identify room for synergies. In this context, a ‘food systems approach’ attempts to deliver sustainable solutions for the sufficient supply of healthy food to achieve SDG2 in balance with other sustainable development goals.
In this topic a curated selection is presented of key publications on food systems and the food systems approach. These reflect current work by knowledge institutions and other stakeholders who explore the concept and try to enhance understanding of how it can deliver the needed food systems transitions.