Today’s food and land use “systems” are a highly complex set of interlinked webs, anchored in specific geographies and communities - including villages, districts and countries - yet connected by global trade, communications and fundamental planetary boundaries.
Each country that we work with has distinct conditions and challenges which impact how their food systems work and how their land is used, owned and regulated. Moreover, each country has different actors whose expertise we can learn from and help to scale-up.
We work with a diverse set of developed and developing countries to develop a deeper understanding of how to achieve sustainable food and land use systems that meet local and global goals. And we help to accelerate rapid action – from governments, civil society organisations, businesses and a range of other organisations.
Organisations in the Coalition are working with more than 20 countries, with integrated programs beginning in Colombia, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Australia. We aim to grow our support in additional countries over the next three years.
Helping the world meet international targets and commitments:
The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land Use and Energy (FABLE) Consortium is building a network of country teams to develop science-based targets and integrated, long-term pathways in their respective countries. The pathways will show how individual nations and the world can transform food and land use systems by 2050 to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the goals in the Paris Climate Agreement.
To this end, members of the FABLE Consortium will promote modelling tools and analyses covering agriculture, bioenergy, food security, diets, water, biodiversity, and other critical dimensions of food and land-use systems. Read the Concept Note here.
The FABLE initiative is implemented as a self-governed consortium that is part of the Food and Land-Use Coalition, which mobilizes a broad range of actors from the public and private sectors to support sustainable land-use and food systems. The FABLE Consortium is convened by the SDSN, IIASA and the EAT Foundation.
Learn more about the FABLE Consortium here:
Supporting short-term political and economic decision-making:
Great insights alone are not enough. Informed by science based pathways, the Coalition develops action roadmaps in partnership with countries, organisations, cooperatives and communities to reach the goals, including key policy and regulatory reforms, investment priorities and funding mechanisms, and new public-private partnerships to drive change.
Ensuring practical solutions take hold:
We translate recommendations into action through a network of local ambassadors in each country we work with, who build relationships with key decision-makers, act as trusted advisors, leading advocates and help to scale-up and accelerate action.
Connecting and accelerating private sector action:
The private sector shapes food and land systems, making engagement vitally important. Tailoring our approach to local conditions, we work to support, inform and connect existing efforts like the work of WBCSD’s FReSH initiative, the commitment to deforestation free supply chains through Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, or Jamie Oliver’s campaigning efforts to reduce sugar consumption in the UK.