Martin: There are a number of things that needs to be done. They should, however, embrace decentralized government systems.
First, the active engagement of people should be at the forefront of implementation. It is at this level that a food systems approach is already taking shape, as implementers at this level cannot avoid the connections, synergies, complementarities and trade-offs across different sectors.
Second, laying down practical inclusive systems. This means including the right people at the right point in the policy-making equation. Particularly the constituencies that will be involved in implementation need to be involved at every stage. Broader inclusion also improves accountability in policy choices and investment, leading to improved service delivery and value-for-money.
Food systems transformation at the local level may not necessarily fit with traditional donor funding mechanisms. There needs to be an appreciation for the value of medium to long-term investments in improving the capability to deliver systems change. In addition, well-articulated blended public-private solutions should be considered.
It is not only about the volume of funding. It is also about the type of funding instruments used.