Hivos and partners are implementing the Sustainable Diets for All (SD4ALL) programme - funded under the 'Dialogue and Dissent' Strategic Partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) - in Uganda, Zambia, Bolivia and Indonesia.
Uganda is known as the food basket of East Africa, supplying 72 percent of the region’s commodity exports. Yet 4 out of 10 Ugandans are not getting their required dietary intake. In fact, 16 percent of households are chronically undernourished and only 4 percent are food secure.
In Uganda, SD4ALL convenes local multi-stakeholder platforms to allow marginalised groups to influence rural and urban food policy debates. We generate evidence around critical issues to inform policy advocacy at the local and national levels.
We target elected and appointed duty bearers across a wide spectrum to influence the review of current food-related policies. We work with youth, women and men, producers, farmers, consumers, food vendors, small companies and professional cooks to increase healthy, affordable and diverse food options for low-income communities in Uganda.
Zambia faces a double malnutrition burden: 40 percent of under-fives are stunted, and 23 percent of Zambians are overweight. A major cause is the limited diversity of Zambia’s food production and consumption - because 94 percent of Zambia’s agricultural produce is maize. Our short film Life Beyond Maize takes a close look at the problem and how we can solve it.
In Zambia, SD4ALL helps develop and implement policies that diversify Zambian food production. We support smallholder farmers in growing more indigenous crops such as millet, sorghum, cassava and a range of legumes and pulses.
We also pioneer work that supports consumers in diversifying their diets, by increasing consumer awareness of their rights to affordable and varied nutritious foods. Our work with consumers is also closely tied to the need for policy and regulatory support for informal markets for food.
Bolivia’s rich biodiversity generates a range of traditional, healthy foods. Yet Bolivian diets are shifting towards highly processed products. Despite a national increase in food consumption, the prevalence of anaemia remains high - 73 percent in rural areas and 53 percent in cities.
In Bolivia, SD4ALL has identified three pathways to more sustainable, healthy diets: improving public policy for urban food security; supporting the production and consumption of Andean grains; and providing positive food choices for consumers. Prioritising Andean grains promotes biodiversity, nutrition and capacity building for small-scale farmers in Bolivia´s Andean region.
We help low-income consumers who work in the food sector to have a powerful voice, highlighting the need for accessible, local and nutritious food. All of our work takes a bottom-up approach based on multi-stakeholder platforms.
Indonesia faces a double malnutrition burden: almost 40 percent of under-fives are stunted, and over 10 percent of under-fives – and 25 percent of adults – are overweight. Rapid urbanisation means that 70 percent of Indonesians will live in cities by 2025. The informal food sector is vital to low-income city dwellers’ access to food: street vendors contribute nutritious food to urban diets irrespective of socio-economic status.
In Indonesia, SD4ALL supports the development of policies and practices that improve peoples’ access to healthy food. We focus on the availability and diversity of sustainable food sold by small and medium-sized enterprises and the informal sector, aiming to integrate their needs into local policy frameworks to ensure that regulatory environments actively support them. We also mobilise consumers to provide bottom-up support for improved diets, improve consumer awareness, and engage citizens in policy-making processes.
Our international advocacy efforts connect national advocacy agendas in Bolivia, Indonesia, Uganda and Zambia to global policy forums that improve diets, tackle malnutrition, and address the need for sustainable consumption and production. We seek to engage with national and international decision makers via multi-stakeholder collaboration, to create policy environments that accelerate the shift to more sustainable food systems, and facilitate the promotion and uptake of sustainable diets for all.
We believe that a systems approach to agriculture and food is needed to address the adverse effects of current production and consumption patterns on human and planetary health. Hivos co-leads the United Nations Sustainable Food Systems Programme under its 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns (10YFP). In the 10YFP, we contribute to reshaping the international debate on food beyond food security, advocating for more inclusive and participatory food policymaking.