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Mainstreaming SCP and Circular Economy Policies and Practices for Food Systems in the Pacific

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Mainstreaming SCP and Circular Economy Policies and Practices for Food Systems in the Pacific
Year: 2024
Language: English
Country: Multi-country
Technical Advisory Brief

Sustainable food system has been vastly recognized as one of the priority issues in the Pacific Countries contributing to societal well-being and environmental stewardship. Fifty to seventy percent of people in the region depend on agriculture and fishing activities for their livelihoods. The region is faced with crop yield decline due to climate change impacts, soil degradation, and urbanization. In addition, many Pacific Islanders are experiencing an increase in nutrition-related diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, which are due to food choices that are often prefer imported processed food products which are less expensive and more convenient than locally grown produce but less healthy. They also face unique challenges in realising equitable benefits in the global food system. This intervention has the ambition to facilitate the shift towards sustainable food systems in selected Pacific countries by supporting the creation of locally relevant SCP and Circular Economy (CE) policies and practices. Furthermore, it will explore key innovations, components of a vision, and potential actions that contribute to their effective scaling up. Subsequently, it will prioritize the development of a forward-thinking framework and strategic plans to steer the transition towards SCP and CE in these vital sectors.