An agenda for action – Transitioning to a healthy sustainable food system in Latin America
Latin America contributes almost 10% of total global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), mostly from the energy sector, agriculture, and land use. The latter two account for 56% of total GHGs in the region, compared to the global average of 22%. With the highest rates of overweight and obesity in the world coexisting with persistent undernutrition and climate change, Latin America is emblematic of these interrelated health and environmental issues. Yet, it is also a region with a growing community of academic, advocacy, and policy players that have enabled leading policies and experiences aligned with a healthy food systems framework.
In parallel to the Rockefeller Foundation and IDRC partnership work on healthy and sustainable food systems in East Africa, Wellcome and IDRC will support the development of an agenda for action for a transition to a health-promoting and climate friendly food system in Latin America. A multidisciplinary coalition of researchers across the region will review the evidence on how to accelerate the transition to healthy sustainable food systems that prioritize access to healthy and affordable diets, while keeping GHG emissions within sustainable limits. They will analyze the underlying political economy that may prevent or enable rapid action.
Expected outcomes include a collective agenda for advocacy and action on healthy sustainable food systems, developed in collaboration with change agents across the region, particularly in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. The project will also develop targeted communication about the opportunities for local change, contribute to global leadership from Latin Americans, and ensure visibility and discussion of an agenda for action at the national, regional, and international level.