Transition toward sustainable food systems: a holistic pathway toward sustainable development

Maysoun A. Mustafa, Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi, Mohan V. Avvari, Festo Massawe

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Achieving food and nutrition security for all through sustainable food systems is central to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sustainable food systems link all the SDGs not only through the traditional framework of social inclusion, economic growth, and environmental protection but also through inclusivity, peace and partnership dimensions of sustainable food systems. To attain the SDGs, we must also work within planetary boundaries and ensure equity and fairness in food systems to achieve global peace and prosperity for all. Above all, we must work in partnerships to create synergies and alliances, not only across nonconventional sectors and disciplinary boundaries but also across communities, countries, and continents. The contribution of sustainable food systems toward achieving the SDGs through their contribution to the "5 Ps” (people, planet, peace, prosperity, and partnership) is thus discussed. We argue that for the world to achieve sustainable development, a shift to sustainable food systems is necessary to ensure food and nutrition security for all while operating within planetary boundaries to protect ecosystems and adapt to and mitigate climate change. To ensure inclusivity, peace and shared prosperity, some anecdotes of business organizations and individuals working with cooperative structures are provided to address the issues of equity and fairness, including gender equality in food systems. All these require special attention for development benefits to be fairly achieved and distributed transparently.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFood Security and Nutrition
EditorsCharis M. Galanakis
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780128205211
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Environmental footprint
  • Hidden hunger
  • Micronutrient deficiencies
  • Partnership
  • Peace
  • People
  • Planet
  • Prosperity
  • The triple burden of malnutrition

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