Making Better Policies for Food Systems
Food systems around the world face a triple challenge: providing food security and
nutrition for a growing global population; supporting livelihoods for those working
along the food supply chain; and contributing to environmental sustainability. Better
policies hold tremendous promise for making progress in these domains. This report
focuses on three questions. What has been the performance of food systems to date,
and what role did policies play? How can policy makers design coherent policies across
the triple challenge? And how can policy makers deal with frictions related to facts,
interests, and values, which often complicate the task of achieving better policies?
Better policies will require breaking down silos between agriculture, health, and
environmental policies, and overcoming knowledge gaps, resistance from interest groups,
and differing values. Robust, inclusive, evidence-based processes are thus essential
to making better policies for food systems.
Published on January 11, 2021