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Sustainable food systems are key to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but food systems fall short on multiple fronts as they place pressure on natural capital and ecosystem services while generating significant greenhouse gas emissions. To future-proof food systems, the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) called for a transformation of food systems that guarantees equitable access to affordable, healthy, and safe food, produced in fair and environment-friendly ways. Such a transformation will be challenging1,2.
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We acknowledge the work and report prepared by the European Commission HLEG on International Platform for Food Systems Science, along with the discussion with key stakeholders (for example, FAO, One CGIAR, UNFSS scientific committee, industries and general public). The HLEG is an independent panel constituted by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation to advise on the need, potential, feasibility, options and appropriate approaches for SPIs to support food systems transformation. The views expressed in this article represent those of the authors. This manuscript is an independent exercise that addresses the implication of the HLEG report in light of ongoing debates around these issues.
Jemimah Njuki
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Global Centre for Land-Based Innovation, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Brajesh K. Singh
Arrell Food Institute and Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Evan D. G. Fraser
Irish Government’s Special Envoy for Food Systems, Dublin, Ireland
Tom Arnold
Center for Latin America Studies (CLAS), Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA
Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano
Athena Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jacqueline E. W. Broerse
Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University Di Pisa, Pisa, Italy
Gianluca Brunori
University of Montpellier, Cirad, ART-DEV, Montpellier, France
Patrick Caron
Université Catholique de Louvain, Leuven, Belgium
Olivier De Schutter
European Commission- Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Brussels, Belgium
Karen Fabbri & Magdalena Gajdzinska
Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China
Shenggen Fan
School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, Washington, DC, USA
Jessica Fanzo
Centre of Research Excellence in Nutrition and Metabolism Institute for Medical Research, National Institute of Republic of Serbia, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
Mirjana Gurinovic
European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy
Marta Hugas
Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London, London, UK
Jacqueline McGlade
National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
Christine Nellemann
International Food Policy Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
Jemimah Njuki
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) and Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Hanna L. Tuomisto
Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Helsinki, Finland
Hanna L. Tuomisto
Thriving Solutions, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Seta Tutundjian
Agriculture Economics and Rural Policy Group, Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Justus Wesseler
Centre for the Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
Roberta Sonnino
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA
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Correspondence to Brajesh K. Singh.
The authors are members of the European Commission HLEG, on International Platform for Food Systems Science. The HLEG acts independently and in the public interest.
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