10YFP Sustainable Food Systems Programme
Switzerland, together with South Africa, WWF International and the Netherlands Development NGO Hivos, is leading the Sustainable Food Systems Programme of the 10YFP.
In 2012 a global 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP for short) was adopted in the belief that non-sustainable consumption and production are the main causes of the continued deterioration in the environment worldwide.
The Sustainable Food Systems Programme was developed from 2011 by a joint FAO and UNEP process, which Switzerland has accompanied and actively supported from the outset. Based on this preliminary work, it was finally possible to launch a Sustainable Food Systems Programme under the 10YFP in October 2015.
The aim of the Programme is to promote the shift to sustainable consumption and production patterns all along the food value chain. This is to be done by a systematic approach which allows the actors along the whole food chain to be involved. The Programme deliberately addresses industrialised and developing countries, taking into consideration specific national and regional needs in its implementation.
The activities of the Programme should help with raising public awareness, access to knowledge and information, and strengthening partnerships. Concrete projects could deal with promotion of sustainable and resource-saving diets, improvement of consumer information and reduction of food waste.
In October 2015 Switzerland, together with South Africa, Hivos and WWF International, was selected to co-lead the 10YFP Sustainable Food Systems Programme. The Programme has a steering committee („Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee“, MAC for short), which consists of various stakeholder groups from 23 countries and institutions. Moreover, it has already been possible to involve over 60 organisations as implementation partners, and others will follow in the coming months.
The Sustainable Food Systems Programme makes a direct contribution to implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These include in particular SDG2 to end hunger and promote sustainable agriculture and SDG 12 to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns, as well as a number of other SDGs which are connected with agriculture and the food sector.