Integrated Indicators for Sustainable Food Systems and Healthy Diets
Published September 24, 2015
Our global food system represents a crucial opportunity for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among the world’s most pressing challenges is providing a growing population, projected to exceed nine and a half billion by 2050, with safe, sufficient and nutritious food on a resilient planet. The Post-2015 agenda needs to address the interconnected issues of agriculture, nutrition, public health and environmental sustainability holistically by establishing integrated indicators for the SDGs which track healthy diets from sustainable food systems.
In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly met to adopt the SDGs encompassing 17 overarching goals and 169 targets across a number of issue areas, of which 62 pertain to food. A key element of the implementation of the SDGs is to define evidence-based quantitative indicators to measure and monitor progress towards the SDGs and their corresponding targets.
To support this process, the EAT Initiative, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and CGIAR Consortium proposed a set of 11 integrated indicators for monitoring progress towards achieving healthy diets from sustainable food systems under the existing SDG framework. This proposal is intended to inform the deliberations of the UN Inter-Agency Expert Group (IAEG) which is tasked with specifying the indicators for the SDGs in March 2016.