Food Lab’s smallholder work recognized by UN programme

The Southern Africa Food Lab’s work addressing smallholder development through dialogue and social innovation in the SA food system has been recognized by the UN’s 10-year framework of programmes (10YFP) on sustainable consumption and production patterns within their Sustainable Food Systems Programme.

The project is now considered an affiliated project of the SFS programme, meaning that the UN recognizes that our work with smallholder farmers makes a contribution in the shift towards more sustainable food systems.

The 10YFP represent a global framework of action aims to enhance international cooperation to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production in both developed and developing countries.

The SFS Programme is one of six initiatives of the 10YFP.

The Sustainable Food Systems Programme, in particular, is a global multi-stakeholder initiative to accelerate the shift towards more sustainable food systems, all along the food value chain, from farm to fork. Among its focus themes are the promotion of sustainable diets; the reduction of food losses and waste; and strengthening resilient and diverse food production systems. The SFS Programme promotes activities that fall under these topics, in the areas of awareness raising, capacity development as well as facilitating access to knowledge, information and tools.