Food Systems Approach

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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 must also respond to challenges like climate change, resource scarcity, (youth) employment and gender equality. The multiple aspects of food production and consumption are closely interconnected and activities in one part of the food system can result in (unintended) outcomes in other areas of food, socio-economic or environmental systems. A food systems approach is expected to help manage such trade-offs and identify options for synergy.

NFP and the food systems approach

Currently, the food systems approach is mainly applied as a conceptual framework for research and policy aimed at sustainable solutions for the sufficient supply of healthy food. The activities of Netherlands Food Partnership explore how the concept of ‘food systems’ provides added value to practitioners in development organisations and the business sector. Together with forward-thinking partners Netherlands Food Partnership aims to improve our understanding of what a food systems approach can deliver, and how it could enhance the transitions required to achieve SDG2 in balance with other SDGs.

Communities of Practice

Netherlands Food Partnership jointly organises communities of practice on the food systems approach to exchange Dutch knowledge and expertise. Food and nutrition security professionals from policy, research and practice come together to exchange ideas on several topics related to the food systems approach.