Resilience-ready, the Municipality of Quito takes on COVID-19

Key Takeaways The importance of local food policies. The Municipality of Quito prioritizes food systems planning. Because of this, they easily mobilized existing agri-food strategies and partnerships when the pandemic started. These local food policies frame food as a public good and a key component in creating a resilient city. Rethink partnerships and collaboration. A … Continued

FoodShare: A locally-rooted food justice approach to COVID-19 response

Key Takeaways Taking a food justice lens. Mainstreaming conversations about how white supremacy, colonialism, and capitalism have shaped the food system and movement—and then working to dismantle them—are a cornerstone of FoodShare’s work. Promoting community ownership of markets. Good Food Markets supported by FoodShare enable communities to choose what produce is sold and prioritize what … Continued

Ecosystems and agro-biodiversity across maize production systems

Smallholder farmers are critical to the management of biodiversity; Genetic diversity is central to climate resilience and the future of food; Crop management practices should enhance positive benefits and reduce negative impacts. This proof-of-concept TEEBArgiFood study explores the true cost of maize in Mexico, looking at dependencies and impacts across different regions and production systems. … Continued

Corn in the Mississippi Basin

In this study of corn in the Mississippi basin, the TEEBAgriFood evaluation framework is applied to understand and value links between produced, social, human and natural capital in two production systems. The study evaluates the true costs and benefits associated with conventional and organic corn production systems by examining all impacts and dependencies within the … Continued

The Malawi Maize AgriFood System

The notion that maize is central to food security in Malawi is a widely held view. To date, however, ‘maize-led development’ has produced disappointing outcomes. The study provides an overview of the historical, political, environmental context of the maize agrifood system in Malawi, and uses the TEEBAgriFood framework to analyze maize in relation to three … Continued

Resilient Seed Systems: Shared Action Framework

Seeds are the foundation of our food system. Resilient seed systems are central to sustainable food systems that are renewable, resilient, equitable, diverse, healthy, and interconnected. In light of critical global challenges such as climate change and food and nutrition security, there is an urgent need to maintain and enhance agricultural biodiversity. The Resilient Seed Systems … Continued

Resilient Seed Systems: Strategic Convening

Agricultural biodiversity and resilient seed systems are essential for accelerating the transition to agroecological systems as a core solution to the future of food. In the current context of climate change and global food insecurity, there is an urgent need for seed systems that protect seed diversity and enhance nutrition and food security. At this … Continued

Seeds of Resilience: A Compendium of Perspectives

Agricultural biodiversity is essential to the future of food. A deep pool of biodiversity will ensure that we have plant species and varieties that can withstand changing weather patterns. Agricultural biodiversity is directly connected to global nutrition, dietary health, cultural and culinary diversity, and to the resilience of local economies and markets. Seeds are central … Continued