Based on the revised Strategic Research Agenda 2020 and a workshop held 25th June 2021, the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) has released an input paper to the United Nations Food Systems Science Days (8-9 July 2021). The food systems of the future should build on an integration and synthesis of scientific evidence related to a systems approach. FACCE-JPI is contributing to this transformation through a focus on agricultural production that ensures food security and is environmentally sustainable. Our approach involves co-design of research and cross-European collaboration in tackling the common challenges, cooperation with other initiatives and synthesis of the knowledge emanating from funded research.
Our input suggests to focus on three aspects:
- Food and feed from crops, livestock and alternative protein production must be environmentally sustainable as well as socio-economically viable for farmers and other actors in food systems.
- The trade-offs and synergies between the various dimensions of food production must be taken into account from local to global scales.
- As part of a systems approach to changing mind-sets, attitudes and behaviours, agricultural production systems need to be designed to encourage consumption that is both sustainable and healthier.
You can find the full input paper here.