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Sustainable Food Systems

Sustainable Food Systems

The Sustainable Food Systems team seeks to catalyse the transformation of India’s agricultural and food systems. A holistic, systems-based approach is at the heart of our work, from research to action. Driven by the “30-30-30 by 2030” agenda, we envision a 30 per cent shift in food production to sustainable approaches, a 30 per cent shift towards sustainable and healthy consumption choices, and a 30 per cent shift in value addition to sustainable supply chains.

We support the stakeholders in the sector in effective decision-making by generating the necessary data and evidence, suitable indicators, and analytical tools as a first step towards enabling action. We work at the national, state, and local levels to devise long-term transition roadmaps, medium-term recommendations, and short-term pilot interventions with an ingrained scale-up strategy. We shape the narrative by briefing policymakers, informing the media, and organising dialogues and convenings that bring stakeholders together. We build coalitions around important agendas to create a support system for the system leaders in driving the sustainable food systems transition.

  • Only 5

    Sustainable Agroculture Practices and Systems (crop rotation; agroforestry; rainwater harvesting; mulching and precision farming) have scaled beyond 5 per cent of the net sown area 
    Source: CEEW analysis
  • 22.7%

    of national greenhouse gas emissions inventory in 2016 came from agriculture, forestry, and other land use  sector and agricultural electricity use
    Source:  India’s Third Biennial Update Report to UNFCCC
  • 45

    out of 169 targets under Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be improved by scaling up sustainable agriculture.
    Source: CEEW analysis
  • “Sustainable Agriculture in India 2021” report by CEEW is a pioneering effort to fill information gaps about the adoption, on-ground prevalence and impact of sustainable agriculture. In my view, this report would serve as a handbook for all stakeholders – including policymakers, administrators and philanthropic civil society organisations – to make evidence-backed decisions to mainstream sustainable agriculture and help it gain scale in India. I congratulate CEEW for this initiative to catalyse a reorientation of perspectives related to this major economic sector of the country and look forward to more insights from such progressive studies."

    Dr Rajiv Kumar

    ex-Vice Chairperson

    NITI Aayog

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