To make more sustainable, diverse, healthy and nutritious food available for low-income citizens in target countries.
Indonesia, Uganda, Zambia, Bolivia
The world is producing more food than ever; however, the current food system is not benefiting everyone equally, and not all have access to healthy and nutritious food produced in a manner that ensures food security now and in the future. Large-scale mono-cropping of maize, soy, wheat and palm oil erode ecosystems and lead to both obesity and nutritional deficiencies. This is further worsened by a globalized food industry that promotes ultra-processed foods high in meat, fats, sugar and salt.
SD4ALL builds the advocacy capacity of CSOs to challenge unsustainable practices and incentives in food production and consumption. The program takes evidence – especially that generated by citizens – directly to policymakers and international institutions so their policies, market practices and legislation will promote diets that are diverse, healthy, fair and based on environmentally sustainable production methods. One of the principal strategies is to set up Food Change Labs to bring multiple stakeholders together to share knowledge, evidence and ideas, and to jointly develop local, national and international examples of how food systems can be transformed.
Results so far
In Fort Portal, Uganda, a local food lab partner convinced policymakers to include nutrition in the district production and environment ordinance using evidence from food diaries kept by local mothers. In Bolivia, four partner organizations have connected different food networks with more than 50 local and national institutions. Advocacy in Zambia has led to the elimination of government subsidies for maize only and extending the e-voucher system to include diverse agriculture and crops produced by women. At major global conferences, Hivos and our partners have achieved broader acceptance for our approaches to transforming the food system.
Period and budget
2016-2020, €11.3 million
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (donor), International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and 10 partner organizations