1st wave of consolidated game-changing by the Action Tracks of the UNFSS

Action Track 1: Ensure Access to Safe and Nutritious Food for AllPotential Game Changing and Systemic Solutions 65 pp.

  • An Initial Compilation Submitted to the UN Food Systems Summit Secretariat, 19 February 2021 
  • The synthesis report by Action Track 1 including the 1st wave of consolidated game-changing propositions 
  • This list will now undergo a series of consultations with all stakeholders. 
  • If you see gaps or have additional ideas, do share your feedback here – will close on 1st May 2021.
  • Sheryl Hendriks, Jean-François Soussana, Martin Cole, Andrew Kambugu, David Zilberman (2021) Ensuring Access to Safe and Nutritious Food for All Through Transformation of Food Systems – A paper on Action Track 1 Paper from the Scientific Group of the UN Food Systems Summit 19 March 2021 –  27 pp.
A. Potential Solutions for Reducing Hunger
  1. Establish a Zero Hunger Fund 
  2. Democratise precision agriculture technologies 
  3. Expand coverage of social protection systems
  4. Establish a catalytic SME financing facility to transform food systems
  5. Launch clean energy information and coordination platforms
  6. Scale up sustainable cold chain technology
B. Potential Solutions for Increasing Access to Nutritious Foods
  1. Create a partnership for investment in infrastructure for public procurement of nutritious foods
  2. Incentivise food systems change towards equitable food marketing 
  3. Launch a Workforce Nutrition Alliance to reach food system workers.
  4. Promote women-led enterprises to grow and sell nutritious but neglected crops 
  5. Make social protection programmes more nutrition sensitive 
  6. Implement comprehensive school food programmes in every country 
  7. Create a global virtual nutritious food innovation hub for SMEs
  8. Foster a global conversation around coherence for food environment policies for healthier children 
  9. Launch a new alliance to end anaemia
  10. Scale up biofortified crops
C. Potential Solutions for Making Food Safer
  1. Develop a new global food safety index 
  2. Develop a Global Alliance on Safe Food for All
  3. Assemble and launch a Food Safety Toolkit 
D. Potential Cross-Cutting Solutions
  • Foster shared learning on Food System Transformation Pathways
  • Develop new standards and legal frameworks to drive private-sector change and hold companies accountable for their social and environmental impact

Action Track 2: Shift to sustainable consumption patterns 52 pp.

  • An Initial Compilation Submitted to the UN Food Systems Summit Secretariat, 23 February 2021 
  • The synthesis report by Action Track 2 including the 1st wave of consolidated game-changing propositions 
  • This list will now undergo a series of consultations with all stakeholders. 
  • If you see gaps or have additional ideas, do share your feedback here
A. Food Environments
  1. Solution 1- Food Systems Framework
  2. Solution 2 – City region food strategies 
  3. Solution 3 – Fiscal policy 
  4. Solution 4 – Education
  5. Solution 5 – Action hubs
  6. Solution 6 – Initiative – Civil society and youth
B. Food Demand
  1. Solution 7 – Power and accountability 
  2. Solution 8 – Labeling 
  3. Solution 9 – Breastfeeding
  4. Solution 10 – Demand package
C. Food Waste
  1. Solution 11 – Food is never waste
  2. Solution 12 – 150x50x30 
  3. Solution 13 – Activate the activists
  4. Solution 14 – Reduce global food loss
D. Cross Cutting Solutions 
  1. Solution 15 – A Just Transition 
  2. Solution 16 – Food-based dietary guidelines
  3. Cross Cutting Lever: Gender 
  4. Solution 17 – Women empowerment

Action Track 3‘Ideas Paper’: Boost Nature-Positive Food Production at Scale Draft115 pp.

  • The purpose of this paper is to outline the ‘first wave’ of game-changing solutions emerging from the work of Action Track 3 as of 23 February 2021. 
  • If you see gaps or have additional ideas, do share your feedback here
  • Various consultations will take place throughout March and April on these, while teams continue receiving new ideas or suggestions for improvement for wave 2.
The 24 ‘first wave’ of solutions in this document have been generated by the ‘Areas of Collective Action and Innovation’ for Action Track 3. ACAIs are multi-stakeholder platforms composed by members of AT3 Leadership Team, tasked with analyzing challenges as well as designing, identifying and assessing new and existing game-changing solutions to deliver the outcomes of Action Track 3. 
A. ACAI Protect 
  1. A just transition to sustainable agriculture through policy reform and public support 
  2. Transforming commodity supply chains to benefit people and to protect and restore nature 
  3. Strengthening Indigenous and Tribal Peoples’ rights to management of their territories 
  4. Develop a “Codex Planetarius” to determine a set of minimum environmental standards to govern global food trade 
  5. Global movement to protect and restore riparian buffers in private agricultural lands

B. ACAI Manage

  1. Transforming agricultural innovation for climate, nature and people 
  2. Adopting nature-positive livestock production systems 
  3. Adopting regenerative agricultural practices for resilient landscapes at scale 
  4. Scaling-out Agroecological Production Systems 
  5. Increasing agrobiodiversity for improved production and resilience Increase agrobiodiversity through addressing 4 dimensions of the problem: (i) the knowledge gap, (ii) the incentives for use agrobiodiversity in production systems, (iii) the policy necessary to enable more diverse systems and (iv) the required financial investment and incentives mechanisms. 
  6. Sustain and Expand Sustainable Resilient Blue Food Production Systems
  7. Aligning policies with nature-positive production 
  8. Reducing on-farm and post-harvest food loss 
  9. Broadening the genetic base of nature-positive production systems 
  10. $200M Climate Smart Food Systems Impact Investment Fund 
  11. Addressing ‘invisible’ underwater issues for food systems: The “blue food” revolution 
  12. Delivering healthier diets and restoring land through tree-based food production 
  13. Restoring grasslands, shrublands and savannahs through extensive livestock-based food systems 
  14. Enhanced restoration monitoring and data to guide investment 
  15. Shifting the way stakeholders engage with evidence to enhance food system decision making 

C. ACAI Restore 

  1. Strengthening Landscape Partnerships 
  2. Soils Investment Hub 
  3. 23. Building global initiative to address soil health and carbon sequestration 
  4. 24. Indigenous peoples’ food systems: conservation and biocentric restoration 

Action Track 4: Advance equitable livelihoods 73 pp.

  • The purpose of this paper is to outline the ‘first wave’ of game-changing solutions emerging from the work of Action Track 4 as of 19 February 2021. 
  • If you see gaps or have additional ideas, do share your feedback here

A. Institutionalizing rights 

  1. Strengthen labour regulations by placing people’s dignity and rights at the centre 
  2. Improve governance of labour markets in food systems 
  3. Promote ratification and effective implementation of international labour standards 
  4. Securing land tenure rights for resilient and sustainable food systems 
  5. Institutionalize and mainstream the anti-discrimination and labour rights of migrant (foreign) workers in agriculture and across the food chain 
B. Strengthen social dialogue 
  1. Establishing or improving social dialogue mechanisms as powerful means of finding common solutions to problems, advancing decent work and social justice 
  2. Strengthening organization in the agri-food sector 
C. Building people’s knowledge, practice, and agency 
  1. Promote inclusive and sustainable agroecological network chains for small farmers and indigenous communities linked to rural and urban consumers. 
D. New forms of policy development 
  1. Engaging with cities and local governments for equitable livelihoods 

E. Business and technology 

  1. Bridging the digital divide and increasing access to information and services in food systems
  2. Commitment by main supermarket chains to buy locally 12. Global matching investment fund for small-scale producers’ organizations 

F. Equitable Investment and uptake 

  1. Invest in the future – making food systems finance accessible for rural people 
  2. Public Development Bank Initiative to Catalyze Green and Inclusive Food System Investments 
  3. Change relationships of power in ways that ensure a fair share of resources through the MAC Protocol (Mining, Agriculture, and Construction) Protocol 
G. Livelihood support and diversification 
  1. Agri-SME Business Development Platform: the first global multi-stakeholder engine for inclusive and equitable agri-value-chains 
  2. Farmer Field and Business Schools 
H. Extending social protection coverage to all 
  1. Social protection in coherence with agri-food systems related sectors 
  2. Integrating Gender Transformative Approaches for Equity and Justice in Food Systems 
  3. Living incomes and wages in value chains for small-scale farmers and agricultural workers


Action Track 5: Build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stress
 94 pp 

  • The purpose of this paper is to outline the ‘first wave’ of game-changing solutions emerging from the work of Action Track 5 as of 19 February 2021. 
  • If you see gaps or have additional ideas, do share your feedback here

  1. Solution 1: food and peace facility in countries facing the risk, reality or aftermath of a conflict related humanitarian crisis 
  2. Solution 2: strategic food reserves to smooth consumption shocks
  3. Solution 3 nutrition sensitive social protection schemes
  4. Solution 4: blended financing mechanism to small projects/initiatives locally owned by women and youth
  5. Solution 5: financial inclusion to small-scale producers through climate risk profiling
  6. Solution 6: community gardens utilizing vertical farming tools for food security
  7. Solution 7: empower women’s agency and leadership in developing resilience solutions
  8. Solution 8: expanded and improved food security forecasting and monitoring, based on the integrated food security phase classification (ipc) as the accepted global food security analysis standard
  9. Solution 9: e-commerce eco-system solution for rural transformation (platforms to reach last mile households)
  10. Solution 10: tools for accelerated breeding and trait mining underserved crops
  11. Solution 11: integrated approach for sustainable soil management: the global soil partnership
  12. Solution 12: the Sahel resilience initiative, integrating food for assets, school feeding, nutrition, capacity strengthening and seasonality
  13. Solution 13: use of international agreements previously negotiated in the committee of world food security. Voluntary guidelines (governance of land, fisheries, forestry and food systems) and cfs framework for action for food security and nutrition in protracted crises
  14. Solution 14: harvest-tenure rights provided by mobile grain storages to reduce postharvest losses in sub-Saharan Africa
  15. Solution 15: agroforestry practices in arid and semi-arid lands
  16. Solution 16: advance wide-scale adoption of agro-ecology within farms and rangelands
  17. Solution 17: local and public procurement schemes specifically targeting smallholder farmers and small and micro/small/medium-sized enterprises to purchase food with specific characteristics (i.e. locally produced, produced by women’s or youth cooperatives, organic, seasonal)
  18. Solution 18: universal food access: enacting food as a public good
  19. Solution 19: enriching child’s food & nutritional education and situation through web-based tools, including food into the curricula, and providing school meals.
  20. Solution 20: adaptive human-centric approach to resilient and sustainable water management
  21. Solution 21: long-term conservation of food diversity in gene banks and in the field, and sustained diversification of the food basket
  22. Solution 22 community-based decision-making mechanisms and information systems on land rights and access and control over essential food-producing resources to promote food sovereignty, equitable land and resource rights, effective and responsible governance, and sustainable livelihoods.
  23. Solution 23: the global network against food crises, an innovative approach to address complex food crises with integrative approaches
  24. Solution 24: establish a global center for risk assessment & policy response on conflict and hunger.
  25. Solution 25: systemic approaches to risk analysis


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