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What are food systems?

A food system is the array of activities involved in producing and consuming food. Food systems connect food production, processing, and distribution to food consumption within relevant social and cultural frameworks.

IFSI’s approach situates food-insecure people in these food systems, enabling researchers and outreach specialists to identify promising interventions and address barriers in each component. Ultimately, better food system performance will yield greater food security.