Making an economic case for the true cost of food will be essential in forging a pathway towards more sustainable food and agriculture systems. As a cornerstone of our work on externalities, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food is a key supporter of TEEBAGRIFOOD, a project housed at the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), and led by the The Economics of the Ecosystems and Biodiversity Office. TEEBAGRIFOOD aims to show the cost of food production, distribution and consumption across various system types and scales when environmental, health, social and cultural externalities and impacts are calculated.
The Interim Report presenting the TEEBAGRIFOOD Evaluation Framework was launched in December 2015 at CoP21, with the Exploratory Studies that inform it being released individually between Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.
The final Foundations and Opportunities Reports, that will include recommendations on policy and other levers for making a shift to more sustainable systems are due to be released in 2017/18.
We cannot manage what we do not measure.