UNDP FACS works in a holistic manner, considering Food and agricultural commodities as part of an interlinked, complex global system. Therefore, any attempt to tackle the crises in food and agricultural commodity production must take a systems approach and address multiple issues and multiple aspects of the issues, together
Our Approach - Changing Systems Through Collaborative Action
As we react to multiple crises of climate, resources, conflict and cost of living, the world faces a remarkable opportunity to transform food and land use systems over the next ten years in a way that can reap massive societal and agroecological dividends: moving from recovery to resilience. However, among the common action agendas and prevailing discourse on what is needed for systemic change to happen in the sector, barriers are often overlooked:
Solutions and improvements in the functioning of food and agricultural production and consumption are often expected to derive from technical, financial or technological innovations. Yet individual, institutional and societal innovations and best practices are essential for change.
The quality of current multi-stakeholder collaboration in the sector is inadequate to meet the scale and nature of this challenge. Traditional FACS governance mechanisms, including inter-institutional and multi-stakeholder components, are often characterized by power and information asymmetries. Fostering deeper spaces for collaboration and reflection and explicit inclusion of marginalized groups requires patience, time, and sustained commitment and support from participants, facilitators and sponsors.
Understanding and managing the interdependencies globally in this sector requires more collaborative mindsets and involves putting in place innovative governance arrangements. We need new systems thinking leadership – with new approaches, practices, tools, incentives, metrics and ways of working that can navigate and measure complexity and collaboratively deliver future food and agricultural commodity systems that are fit for purpose, particularly at the national and sub-national levels. Many are working on systemic change tools and methodologies but very little of this expertise is benefiting country-based collaborative networks.
This will be achieved by UNDP building on its trusted relationship with governments to:
• Be the SDG integrator with a broad development mandate, and adopt a whole-of-government approach, using multi-stakeholder collaboration for systemic change.
• Bring technical expertise in 170 countries to unlock synergies and build capacity for integrated work.
• Build partnerships based on comparative advantage with FAO, IFAD, WHO, UNEP and others.
• Work across multiple geographical scales, top-down and bottom-up.
• Unlock and catalyze private and public – bilateral and multilateral - financing.