Commitments to action

Coalition for Sustainable Territorial Food Systems

CPLP – Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries, Intergovernamental organisation

The primary objective of this international coalition is to strengthen and establish a coherent and coordinated government leaded multi-level governance architecture able to integrate and further support existing ATs efforts and to build institutional capacity for territorial approaches at all levels of governance. Planning and policy-making for sustainable territorial food systems must bring together multiple stakeholders, multiple sectors, and levels of governance to improve natural resource management, protect biodiversity, ensure food and nutrition security, and equitable livelihoods depending on strategic, systematic investment and progressive capacity development.
Territorial approaches to development are increasingly recognized as a powerful tool for improving development outcomes. People-centered, place-based approaches are considered particularly well suited to assess problems, develop a coherent and relevant understanding of challenges and historical trajectories, and design appropriate solutions. Multi-sector and multi-stakeholder government-led governance approaches — informed by territorial assessment and implemented at appropriate institutional and spatial levels – appear (as per the recent experience from the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) member States in setting up a multi-level governance architecture for food systems), to provide more effective conceptual, analytical, and operational frameworks for food systems transformation. (AWHG June Issue Brief page 1). The Coalition will allow governments with support from multilateral organizations, development partners, and stakeholders to:

  • Learn from, share, and build upon knowledge, resources and lessons learned.
  • Strengthen the multilevel governance architecture of food systems.
  • Increase overall policy and program coherence between various decision-making processes and scales of action (global, supra-national, national, subnational and local);
  • Increase operational coordination and improve cross-sectorial effectiveness at all spatial levels.
    Define indicators through inclusive participatory assessment at territorial levels to measure progress in transforming food systems;
  • Mobilize funds for and increase the overall efficiency and impact of existing resources.

The follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda provide a primary global and national level for monitoring territorial approaches which are relevant for all 17 SDGs. This coalition includes the CPLP 9 member States: Angola, Brazil, Cape Vert, Guinea Bissau, Sao Tome e Principe, Timor Leste, Portugal. Other countries being invited have observer status to CPLP, namely, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Chile, Namibia, Japan, Uganda, Senegal, Turkey, Uruguai. The coalition is open to include participants in the informal Ad Hoc Working Group (AHWG) on Territorial Governance namely, AfD, CIRAD, EcoAgriculture partners, FAO, GIZ, ICLEI, IFAD, IFPRI, NEPAD/AU, OECD, UCLG, UNCDF, UNEP, UNESCO Chair.



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Key contact

CPLP – Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries, Manuel Clarote Lapão,


Food Systems, Governance, Territorial


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