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Reports 1 Oct 2018

How Do You Engage to Support Sustainable Food Systems?

Sustainable Food Systems and Diets: A Review of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives

By Matt Loose and Michael Harvey

In recent years there has been a significant growth in the number of initiatives seeking to advance sustainable food both globally, nationally, locally and across sectors, issues and different parts of the food value chain.

As these sustainable food system initiatives emerge and develop there are increasing overlaps in the themes explored, solutions advocated, and in the membership of initiatives. Overlap in initiatives can dilute the resources available, cause confusion and competition and in doing so impact project outcomes and participation.

This report is intended to support those involved in sustainable food systems and diets initiatives to understand the global landscape, identify gaps and maximise impact.

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SustainAbility and WWF collaborated to assess how multi-stakeholder initiatives addressing sustainable food systems and diets are working across stakeholders, issues, commodities and geographies. Interviews were conducted with a number of experts to build a deeper picture of the current state of play in sustainable food multi-stakeholder initiatives and identify opportunities.

This report distils our research insights and is intended to support those involved in sustainable food systems and diets initiatives to understand the global landscape, identify gaps and maximise impact. It seeks to answer:

  • In what geographies and on what issues are initiatives aiming to improve the sustainability of food systems?
  • What are the gaps, needs and opportunities to scale and accelerate sustainable food system initiatives?
  • How can organisations best engage to support sustainable food systems?
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