Based on the revised Strategic Research Agenda 2020 and a workshop held on the 25th of 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, and the agenda of the meeting here.