A Sustainability Compass for policy navigation to sustainable food systems

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Growing acknowledgement that food systems require transformation, demands comprehensive sustainability assessments that can support decision-making and sustainability governance. To do so, assessment frameworks must be able to make trade-offs and synergies visible and allow for inclusive negotiation on food system outcomes relevant to diverse food system actors. This paper reviews literature and frameworks and builds on stakeholder input to present a Sustainability Compass made up of a comprehensive set of metrics for food system assessments. The Compass defines sustainability scores for four societal goals, underpinned by areas of concern. We demonstrate proof of concept of the operationalization of the approach and its metrics. The Sustainability Compass is able to generate comprehensive food system insights that enables reflexive evaluation and multi-actor negotiation for policy making.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100546
JournalGlobal Food Security
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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    Research areas

  • Food governance, Food system metrics, Healthy and sustainable diets, Societal goals, Sustainable food systems, Trade-offs

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