Foodnected - Towards sustainable and fair food systems
2020 - 2022
The globalized and industrialized current food system is unsustainable, with significant impacts on the environment and climate, being highly responsible for environmental degradation in terms of emission of greenhouse gases, misuse, overexploitation and pollution of natural resources, degradation of ecosystems and loss of biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine. For instance, food consumption across the globe causes about 37% of the total anthropogenic GHGs emissions (IPCC, 2019) and about 26% of humanity’s Ecological Footprint, while 70% of global freshwater withdrawals are used for agriculture.
This project will have three main components which are to:
1) build a widely shared approach about sustainable food production and consumption;
2) design and test ‘workable paths’ in specific pilot sites that foster the agreed approach;
and 3) capitalize learnings and advocacy at regional and wider levels.
As such, the project is intended to have global geographical scope when it comes to defining fair and sustainable food systems, setting up the overarching community of practice (CoP), and scale the CoP vision and the project outcomes; however, considering the expertise and the reach of the project partners, the advocacy work to be conducted within the second component of the project will be limited to the Euro-Mediterranean region, with the possibility to being expanded to the south rim of the Mediterranean through the collaboration of M6 partners.
The Project has then an ambition to expand its scope by replicating and upscaling the work in other parts of the Mediterranean and even other sea-basins in future phases.
Objectives / results
- Define a widely shared approach to fair and sustainable food systems
- Pilot initiatives to develop market solutions for sustainable food production/consumption
- Capitalisation of learnings and advocacy at the regional level