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. The complexity of this agenda is generally acknowledged by agrofood sector professionals, who understand that the multiple aspects of food production and consumption are closely interconnected and that activities in one part of the food system can result unintended outcomes in other areas. The need to manage such trade-offs and identify room for synergy is why a food systems approach is needed.
In this context, the food systems approach (FSA) is a conceptual framework for research and policy aimed at sustainable solutions for the sufficient supply of healthy food. The approach is a key area of interest and exploration among Dutch knowledge institutions, Ministries and other stakeholders. They explore the concept of “food systems” further, trying to enhance understanding of what a “food systems approach” can deliver, and how it could work to enhance the (food systems) transitions required to achieve SDG2 in balance with other sustainable development goals.
This thematic page provides an update about key knowledge products and learning events about the food systems approach. It will also be used to share findings of further joint learning in the Dutch multi-stakeholder network and their LMIC partners, facilitated by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.