The 2030 Agenda brings new impetus to global debates on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN). From a conceptual perspective, it is expected that the 2030 Agenda will support moving from emphasising only Food Security toward Food Sustainability. The latter certainly includes food security in its classical definition, in that it includes the pillars of availability, access, utilisation, and stability. However, Food Sustainability is also concerned with environmental integrity and the socio-ecological resilience of our food systems, as well as the need to eliminate rural poverty and reduce inequalities and power imbalances that shape unsustainable food systems.
From a policy perspective, the 2030 Agenda meets ongoing initiatives at different levels and organisations. These include global food governance and decision-making reforms pushed by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), to a stronger focus on family farming policies found in Latin America. Increasing attention to the nutritional dimension of food security in Europe and elsewhere, and gendered approaches to humanitarian response and long-term development in Southern Africa have also been at the forefront of FSN debates. How will the “localisation” of the SDGs interact with these political processes? The session will discuss whether the 2030 Agenda supports and complements these initiatives or whether it competes for political emphasis and resources.