Preparing a meal for the family, Gafati, Niger, 2017.
Photo: ©FAO/Andrew Esiebo


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To meet the SDGs, it is necessary to make profound changes in our food systems, according to the Milano Group, an international group of experts. Moreover, current global food production is sufficient to meet human nutritional needs in 2050 provided society adapts radically, argue researchers from the UK’s Lancaster University.

"There can be no sustainable development without profound changes in food systems," researchers from the Milano Group argue. In order to meet the SDGs and the goals of the Paris Agreement, they are calling for drastic changes in food systems. Therefore, the scientists described a new approach in the article Food systems for sustainable development: proposals for a profound four-part transformation, which was published in the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development in August 2018.
The Milano Group, an informal team of experts convened by the UN Secretary General in Milan/Italy in 2015, has devised a strategy built on the following four pillars:

• drastic changes in consumption patterns, with a shift towards healthy eating
• ensuring that agricultural production and food supply chains play a greater role in sustainable  development
• mitigating climate change by means of new farming practices
• a package of operations aimed at rejuvenating rural territories
The researchers point out that renewing governance of food systems is necessary to implement the four-pillar strategy.

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