News: Policy brief explores resilience pathways

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A new policy brief from the Resilience of the UK Food System in a Global Context’ (GFS-FSR) programme highlights the need for resilience thinking.

25 February 2019

The policy brief Exploring the resilience of the UK food system in a global context considers the notion of resilience from a number of angles and outlines pathways towards food system resilience.

The notions of resilience explored in the report are:

  • Robustness: the ability of the food system to resist disruptions to desired outcomes
  • Recovery: the ability of the food system to return to desired outcomes following disruption
  • Re-orientation: the ability of food system actors to accept alternative outcomes following disruption

John Ingram, GFS-FSR Coordination Team Leader is a co-author of the policy brief. “The nature of stresses and shocks is becoming ever clearer, ” he says. “And we need to be able to ensure healthy diets from sustainable food systems into the future.”

The report considers the notion of resilience from a number of angles:

  • Robustness: the ability of the food system to resist disruptions to desired outcomes
  • Recovery: the ability of the food system to return to desired outcomes following disruption
  • Re-orientation: the ability of food system actors to accept alternative outcomes following disruption

“We hope different actors in the food system will consider these concepts of resilience and feed back what they mean to their activities,” said John. “Coordinated policy development across both public and private sectors will be critically important.”

Download the policy brief: Exploring the resilience of the UK food system in a global context PDF (16 pages, 2.5 mb. Opens in a new tab.)

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