Action Area 4.3 Localizing Food Systems
This action area brings together all local stakeholders (public institutions, private sector, civil society, research institutions, community organisations) to improve local diets, make sustainable use of natural resources, stimulate local livelihoods and economic development (including off-farm and non-farm activities such as local food processing, agrotourism, community services, etc) and to enhance the quality of life of the local population, leaving no one behind. It includes localizing food based dietary guidelines to reorient consumer demand and production systems and giving priority to local markets and short food chains, in particular in rural setups, towns and small cities. Supportive measures combine strengthening capacity of local communities and local administrations, revisiting regulations and procedures, organisation and training of small scale producers, particularly women smallholders, provision of advisory services to both producers and consumers, infrastructure development (storage, processing, transport but also energy, soil and water infrastructure, and digitalization for advisory services, and market access and social services), access to finance for SMEs (and in particular women and youth). Cities and towns, and local authorities can also promote public procurement and the circular economy.
Focal Points: Bettina Prato, Kostas Stamoulis, Florence Egal and Bettina Madsen.
Game Changing Propositions Wave 1
2.2 City Region Food Strategies
Stimulating local access and demand for fresh, healthy food. The proposition includes actions undertaken by cities to create environments where sustainable consumption become the default. The solution has a strong link to food producers, including by promoting direct public procurement and various actions for supporting local farmers to adopt nature positive practices.
4.09 Engaging with Cities and Local Governments for Equitable Livelihoods by developing a framework for inclusion of urban and rural at-risk populations. Raising awareness and strengthening capacity of local actors so they understand human rights and vulnerability , can contribute to identify vulnerable livelihoods and relevant local-specific issues, and facilitate appropriate response.
4.12 Global Matching Investment Fund for Small-Scale Producers’ Organizations: To establish a Global Trust Fund is established, with a total capital of e.g. USD 3 Billion, to provide demand-driven matching grants for initial capital/quick of investments by cooperatives, SMEs and other smallholders business-oriented groups who are seeking for investment to growth or expand productivity and quality through a global commitment by main global supermarkets’ chains operating in the Global South, to source, by 2030, at least 1/3 of the net value of its fresh products supplies from local small-producers (directly or via coops or farmers’ groups).
4.13 Invest in the Future – Making Food Systems Finance Accessible for Rural People through the creation of a Global platform for digital rural finance, with 3 pillars: 1) an Innovation Fund with catalytic capital to support the development of new digital finance products, services, and business models designed for inclusive access among rural people; 2) a Technical Assistance Hub providing capital and expert support to build the capacity of rural financial service providers shifting to digital solutions and to technology providers with new business models to test for inclusion and sustainability; and 3) a Global Knowledge Hub offering a repository of good practices and convening learning events around enabling policy and regulations, digital financial literacy, consumer protection, and partnerships.
4.14 Public Development Bank Initiative to Catalyze Green and Inclusive Food System Investments through a global platform of national, regional and international public development banks (PDBs), designed to strengthen capacity across this diverse community of financial institutions to invest and catalyse green and inclusive investments in agriculture and across food systems.
4.16 Agri-SME Business Development Platform: The First Global Multi-Stakeholder Engine for Inclusive and Equitable Agri-Value Chains, which would connect diverse cross-sector actors engaged in strengthening agri-SMEs and provide multiple services that better leverage and align their collective resources – to maximise collective impact.
4.20 Promote living incomes and wages in value chains for small-scale farmers and agricultural workers: Secure sustainable livelihoods for smallholder farmers and agricultural workers by ensuring living incomes, fair prices and fair wages.
- Increase the e-commerce preparedness of farmers and the competitiveness of their products.
- Strengthen e-commerce ecosystems, including e-commerce platforms to be more accessible for farmers and e-commerce ecosystem broader actors who will provide supportive services such as payment, credits, storage, marketing, packaging, transportation and delivery services.
- Increase last-mile connectivity.
Enable governments and institutions to develop proactive policies and create an enabling environment for businesses.
1.09 Scale up a Workforce Nutrition Alliance to use companies as a strategic lever to connect to their employees and supply chain workers, providing access to and information about good nutrition through four inflexion points: healthy food at work, nutrition education, nutrition-focused health checks, and breastfeeding support.