Sustainable Food Systems Programme

Sustainable Food Systems Programme

Current Stage: Launched

The Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Programme of the 10-Year Framework for Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP) is a multi-stakeholder initiative to accelerate the shift towards more sustainable food systems.

The SFS Programme aims to promote sustainability all along the food value chain, from farm to fork. It does so through concrete activities including in the areas of awareness raising, capacity development, facilitating access to knowledge and information, and strengthening partnerships. The Programme brings together existing initiatives and partnerships working in related areas, highlighting good practices and success stories, and builds synergies as well as cooperation among stakeholders to leverage resources towards mutual objectives and minimize duplication of ongoing efforts. Within its four work areas, the Programme focuses on priority activities such as the promotion of sustainable diets and the reduction of food losses and waste.

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SFS News

Find the latest news in the Newsletter #3 (November 2016).

  • Find the summary report about the 4th MAC meeting here.
  • The SFS Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee had a face-to-face meeting in June 2016. Find out more about the meeting's outcome by visiting Newsletter #2 (August 2016).

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The SFS Programme is governed by a Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC) with 23 members from five different stakeholder clusters. The current MAC members are:

  • Government agencies: Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, Honduras, Netherland, United States
  • Civil society organizations: Biovision, IISD, IFOAM, Global Nature Fund

  • Research and technical institutions: German Development Institute, Hebrew University, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, ENEA

  • UN agencies and other international organizations: CIHEAM, FAO, UNEP, UNSCN

  • Private sector: Barilla, FoodDrinkEurope, Nestlé, Smaackmakers

Switzerland, South Africa, Hivos and WWF are co-leading the Programme. In addition, the SFS Programme currently has a network of 70 implementing partners around the globe.

Below is an overview of the Sub-Work areas of the SFS Programme:

Work Areas

Sub-Work areas

1. Raising awareness on the need to adopt SCP patterns in food systems

1.1. Promote reliable and sustainable communication of food product information throughout the supply chain

1.2. Raise awareness through better coupling the food and agriculture sector with science, media and education

1.3. Raise awareness on the need to adopt sustainable diets

1.4. Strengthen and/or develop information platforms on  sustainable food systems for extension and knowledge sharing amongst producers, consumers and other stakeholders

2. Building enabling environments for sustainable food systems

2.1. Encourage, facilitate and support inclusive multi-stakeholder dialogue to help inform interconnected policy-making towards sustainable food systems at local, national, regional and international levels

2.2. Facilitate the use and enhance opportunities for market-based and voluntary approaches throughout the supply chain towards sustainable food systems

2.3. Setting principles to guide the assessment of the sustainability and leverage points to direct choices and behavior

2.4. Enhance the development of skills and capacities to promote SCP in food systems among all relevant stakeholder groups

2.5. Promote investment and financing in sustainable food systems

3. Increasing the access to and fostering the application of actionable knowledge, information and tools to mainstream SCP in food systems


3.1. Make available knowledge on the drivers for sustainable food consumption and production

3.2. Promote the application and development of methodologies, information and tools for more sustainable food systems, including the reduction of food losses and waste

4. Strengthening collaboration among food system stakeholders to increase the sector’s SCP performance


4.1. Encourage and facilitate the participation of civil society organizations in the effective involvement and implementation of the programme at all levels

4.2. Create synergies between this and other 10YFP Programmes and other development programmes as covered in the SDGs

4.3. Provide opportunities for networking and building alliances among stakeholders promoting SCP in food systems

4.4. Bring together food system actors to build sustainable value chains

Key DOCUMENTS of the SFS Programme

For more complete information on the objectives, the work areas and contributions of the  SFS Programme, please refer to the SFS PROGRAMME DOCUMENT.

Access the SFS multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committe MEETING SUMMARY  REPORTS: KICK-OFF #1, TELECONFERENCE #2, FACE-TO-FACE #3


Would you like to become a Partner of the 10YFP Sustainable Food Systems Programme?

The 10YFP SFS Programme is open to all organizations (legal entities) that are interested in joining a collaborative platform to support the implementation of the Programme. 

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