At a glance
Globally, agri-food systems face sustainability challenges related to climate change, resource use, livelihoods and nutritional outcomes. Improving global food and nutrition security is key to achieving a more stable and equitable world, and more healthy and sustainable diets will benefit people and the planet. Inequalities in income, gender, social status and age, as well as geographic location, exacerbate the vulnerabilities to food and nutrition insecurity of specific populations, even more so in times of global shocks such as the 2008 food crisis and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
The crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important it is to restore the balance between human activity and nature. At the heart of the European Green Deal is the ‘farm-to-fork strategy’, which is based on a communication published on 20 May 20201. The strategy points to a new and better balance between nature, food systems and biodiversity to protect people’s health and well-being, and at the same time to improve livelihoods and increase resilience. This strategy is a crucial part of the green transition to achieve an inclusive, fair and timely sustainable food system that the EU is implementing2.
Agri-food systems, which include agriculture, livestock, aquaculture and fisheries, agri-businesses and food processing, distribution and marketing, remain the dominant economic sector in many developing countries and provide the basis for the livelihoods of a majority of people. With accelerating urbanisation, population growth, climate change, pressures on natural resources and biodiversity losses, a profound transformation of agriculture is needed to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This intervention will primarily contribute to SDGs 2 (End hunger and achieve food security), 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) and 15 (Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss) and will complement actions addressing SDGs 1, 3, 5, 8, 12 and 14.
This intervention seeks to help achieve four essential development outcomes:
- OC1: Increased sustainability of food and agriculture production and agri-food value chains;
- OC2: Improved food quality and safety;
- OC3: Increased resilience of vulnerable populations to food crises and climate stresses;
- OC4: Improved governance of food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA).
- The intervention comprises a package of initiatives to be implemented by different entities using various modalities.
- This intervention will be implemented in a COVID-19 context and adapted as necessary for a successful completion.