As policy makers call for building capacity for food system transformation, who is listening?

Since its emergence in the last few years as a leading paradigm, food system transformation (FST) has become something of a buzzword in the global development community. The concept is now a dominant theme at most development conferences and workshops addressing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2—a world free of hunger by 2030. The global development community has been calling for political leaders to embrace the FST concept and use it to develop plans of action for achieving SDG2. But development practitioners and policy makers alike are now beginning to question if this approach is heading in the right direction. And are we listening to policy makers who must implement FST ideas through policies and program interventions?

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