Transforming food systems provides a unique opportunity to advance global agendas and build a healthy, sustainable future for people and nature.
We are facing many pressing challenges, three of the most pressing being increasing food insecurity, nature loss and global warming. It is not possible to address these challenges, nor to deliver any of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), without transforming food systems. Changing what we eat and how we produce it underpins the delivery of many, if not all, SDGs. Despite its importance, food systems transformation remains absent from many global discussions and negotiations. Where it is included, the focus is often placed solely on agriculture. In reality, to deliver impact we need to adopt full food systems approaches - across production, consumption and disposal of food.
We are beginning to see progress - with many stakeholders coming together to raise the visibility of food at major events, and the first ever Food Day at a Rio Convention being held at UNCCD COP15. But we need to rapidly advance this discourse and drive action. It may have taken decades for other issues to achieve prominence in nature and climate debates, but we simply don't have time when it comes to food. We need action from policymakers now to prioritise food systems transformation and for both the public and private sector to ensure there is appropriate investment.
WWF works on four key issues to advance global agendas on nature, climate and nutrition. Three are aligned to the Rio Conventions (biodiversity, climate and land use), along with driving sustainable finance. Importantly, we are working to bring these issues together and drive integrated action. So far, many targets have been set and commitments made, but they've often been siloed and failed to deliver impact at scale. We need systems-level transformation and action on food is the fastest and most impactful way to deliver multiple benefits and advance all agendas.