Food Systems Transformation: Mapping & Stakeholder Engagement

I work on a number of international projects focusing on bringing a diverse range of actors together to identify opportunities for food systems transformation. Tools and techniques used include scenario planning, systems & stakeholder mapping and the development of visions and new narratives.

CURRENT/RECENT WORK:

1) The Food- Health Nexus – Working with the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, I lead a stakeholder engagement programme aimed at amplifying the fundamental role food systems ply in creating health and well-being outcomes that restores ecological, human and animal health. Through this work, we aim to scale policy and practice which restores good ecological, human and animal health outcomes. ( The Food- Health Nexus). We use a stakeholder led engagement process, drawing on insights from those actors with lived experiences, to develop a new vision and narrative with our work focussing on scaling best policy and practice. Our work focuses on influencing four key groups of actors – the health community, governments, business and civil society organisations, Work involves stakeholder interviews, stakeholder workshops, developing a set of case studies and a new vision/narrative. In 2020 our focus is on using our new vision and narrative for a series of international stakeholder convenings. (Ongoing: October 2018 -December 2020)

2) Sustainable Healthy Diets & the Climate Emergency – Lead author of the sustainable and healthy diets hot topic paper as part of a stakeholder led process of engagement on the Climate Emergency and the Future of Food international dialogue – identifying policy and practice frameworks which can be used in upcoming key international milestones— the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UNFCCC COP26 and the Food systems summit in 2021. The process will result in a shared action framework that emphasizes the imperative for food systems transformation and presents key messages about collective priorities. To view the ‘sustainable and healthy diets’ hot topic paper please click here .

3) Protein Challenge 2040  – I instigated the Protein Challenge 2040 initiative when I was at Forum for the Future which aimed to ensure healthy and nutritious forms of protein within environmental limits. Pulling together actors from across business, civil society and academia, we used system mapping and scenario planning to to identify 3 areas of innovation; scaling up plant protein consumption, sustainable animal feed innovation and closing the protein nutrient loop.  Subsequently I led  the development of a protein policy briefing paper with the aim of identifying options for national level policy interventions, in Europe, that will accelerate the transition to a sustainable & resilient protein system. (Completed 2018).

System Mapping was a key technique used in the Protein Challenge Initiative

4) Tea Swaps – Improving income and livelihoods of smallholder tea producers

As an Affiliate for Forum for the future, I worked on a project, in partnership with TeaSwaps Ltd and the Department for International Developments Business Innovation Fund, focussing on a project to reduce the volatility of tea prices and boost the income of small-holder farmers in East Africa. Work included stakeholder engagement, research, project management and facilitating a number of workshops in Kenya (April 2018 – October 2019

Past work has included sustainable food systems challenges focussing on sustainable livestock ( livestock dialogues), regenerative agriculture, Sustainable diets ( Livewell sustainable diets project.)  sustainable landscapes ( workshops in Argentina taking a landscapes based approach to local sustainability challenges) and sustainable sourcing/livelihoods.

Running a Tea Swaps workshop with smallholder producers in Mombasa, Kenya