Pathways to equitable food systems

Think tank: Institute of Development Studies

Author(s): Various Authors

June 26, 2023

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Development Studies looks at inequitable global food systems.

Globally, our food systems are highly inequitable. In a world with enough food, hunger is becoming normalised for large numbers of people, while diets are worsening and obesity is rising. Racialised minorities are more at risk from obesity than other groups; indigenous communities have poorer diets than majority populations. Many of the 4.5 billion people working in food systems endure low-paid, insecure jobs. Small-scale farmers and women are often the most vulnerable. In rural areas communities can be forced off their land and in urban areas, people on low incomes lack access to good-quality food. These inequities are a result of deliberate choices made by powerful entities, and a product of social and economic norms. But by understanding the power imbalances within food systems and identifying the underlying causes of vulnerability, we believe that it is possible to develop pathways which can tackle these inequities. Bringing together studies from Africa, Europe, Latin America and Asia, this report identifies four ways to challenge the power imbalances that are creating inequities in food systems.