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Sustainable Food Systems Programme


Initiatives of the SFS Programme

National and Sub-National Food Systems Multi-Stakeholder Mechanisms: An Assessment of Experiences

Today, our food systems are destabilizing our planet and failing to provide all people with healthy and nutritious diets. Urgent transformation towards sustainable food systems is critical to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to maintain the Paris Agreement temperature rise target of 1.5ºC.

Systemic transformation is not an easy endeavor. Nonetheless, there is growing recognition that creating coherent policies for complex interrelated issues requires cross-sectoral, participatory approaches that enable adopting a 'systems lens'.

Bringing hope and inspiration, a range of innovative participatory governance experiences focused on resolving our food systems' interconnected challenges have been mushrooming across the globe in recent years - so-called Food Systems Multi-Stakeholder Mechanisms (MSMs).

This initiative's first report analyzes national and sub-national MSMs to understand how they are designed, how they function, who participates, what works and what doesn't, and how they are contributing to the transition toward sustainable food systems.


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SFS-Med Platform

Sustainable Food Systems Mediterranean Platform

The SFS-MED Platform is a multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at promoting collaborative actions for the sustainable transformation of food systems in the Mediterranean, ultimately accelerating progress on the delivery of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the region.

  • A forum for dialogue and collaboration on priority themes for sustainable food systems in the Mediterranean, acting as a neutral facilitator of multi-stakeholder exchange to enhance policy coherence, build trust, and promote the effective implementation of actions.
  • An ideal setting to rebalance sustainability and finance. Dedicated support for the co-creation of flagship projects and investment proposals will enable actors in Mediterranean food systems to access funding and scale up sustainable investments.
  • A network for strengthening knowledge sharing and capacity building related to sustainable food consumption and production across the Mediterranean.
  • A catalyst of opportunities for regional cooperation for data sharing, science diplomacy, and the advancement of green and blue practices, as well as inclusive and digital innovation.

Organic Food Systems Program