The Agri-food Task force (ATF) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) is a multi-stakeholder platform, comprising governments, civil society, intergovernmental organizations and private sector from all geographical regions; convened to foster global cooperation and facilitate the transition to more sustainable and resource efficient production and consumption patterns in the agri-food sector through projects that strive to meet its three main Objectives:
- To design, pilot, and/or scale up innovative policies, market based mechanisms and financial tools that provide the incentives for more resource efficient production and consumption in the agri-food sector.
- To create knowledge platforms and offer technical assistance to policy makers, industry, and wider civil society, to build capacity to adopt more sustainable agri-food production systems and consumption patterns.
- To develop and support partnerships (including public-private and business-to-business), joint activities and information transfer within supply chains for the purpose of fostering SCP within the agri-food sector.
The Task Force is the implementing vehicle of the Sustainable Food Systems Programme (SFSP), a joint programme led by the Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). The goal of the sustainable food systems programme is to continuously improve resource efficiency and reduce pollution intensity of food systems from production to consumption while improving food and nutrition security. The program aims to address these issues primarily at national and regional levels, throughout food chains in line with national and regional priorities. The SFSP is based around four activity clusters identified by the FAO/UNEP Agri-food Task Force, along with long term objectives:
- Increasing availability of information on sustainable production and innovative means of dissemination (extension) - create a global comprehensive portal on food systems sustainability.
- Consumer-related Communications for SCP in Agri-food - educate consumers to enable them to make informed decisions in order to change their lifestyles towards a more sustainable behaviour, including reducing food waste.
- Create enabling conditions for the uptake of SCP in food systems – to encourage national governments to actively implement policy frameworks, activities, and initiatives on SCP agri-food.
- Market based approaches for supply chains actors – to increase food supply chain stakeholders’ access to SCP tools and incentives that ensure food system efficiency and long-term sustainability.