Guiding principles

The guiding principles

Food is the single strongest lever to optimize human health and environmental sustainability on Earth. However, the way food is produced and consumed is currently threatening both people and the planet. Sustainably and nutritiously feeding close to 10 billion people by 2050, while also addressing climate change, is a challenge that can and must be met with global awareness, bold action and innovation.

A profound and systemic transformation of agrifood systems – including food supply chains, food environments, and consumer behaviour — has the potential to improve economic, social and environmental conditions for all.

The WFF aligns with the core principles of the 2021 United Nations (UN) Food Systems Summit, the 2030 Agenda for Sutainable Development, and the strategic framework of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, to empower youth to find actionable, innovative and inclusive solutions to positively transform our agrifood systems and create a better food future.

What is an agrifood system?

An agrifood system covers the journey of food from farm to table – including when it is grown, harvested, processed, packaged, transported, distributed, traded, bought, prepared, eaten and disposed of. It encompasses non-food products (for example forestry and biofuels) that also constitute livelihoods and all of the people as well as the activities, investments and choices that play a part in getting us these food and agricultural production.

The four betters

The WFF encourages holistic solutions and actions that take into account the complex, interrelated nature of global agrifood systems and help minimize trade-offs in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Better productionBetter production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, through efficient and inclusive food and agriculture supply chains at local, regional and global levels, ensuring resilient and sustainable agrifood systems in a changing climate and environment.

Better nutritionBetter nutrition

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition in all its forms, including promoting nutritious food and increasing access to healthy diets.

Better environmentBetter environment

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial and marine ecosystems and combat climate change (reduce, reuse, recycle, residual management) through more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems.

Better lifeBetter life

Promote inclusive economic growth by reducing inequalities (urban/rural areas, rich/poor countries, men/women).