Scientific Group Reports

This page showcases the reports and papers prepared by members of the Scientific Group in the lead-up to the UNFSS 2021. These reports and papers received further peer review. Most of these papers were included in the open-access volume, “Science and Innovations for Food Systems Transformation”. The volume can be accessed here:


Science and Innovations for Food Systems Transformation and Summit Actions: Papers by the Scientific Group and its partners in support of the UN Food Systems Summit
by Joachim von Braun, Kaosar Afsana, Louise O. Fresco and Mohamed Hassan (large file – 30 MB)

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Engaging Science for National and International Level Implementation of the Action Agenda of the United Nations Food Systems Summit
by Joachim von Braun

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Science for Transformation of Food Systems: Opportunities for the UN Food Systems Summit
by Joachim von Braun, Kaosar Afsana, Louise O. Fresco and Mohamed Hassan (revised August 2, 2021)

Food systems: seven priorities to end hunger and protect the planet
by Joachim von Braun, Kaosar Afsana, Louise O. Fresco & Mohamed Hassan
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Food Systems – Definition, Concept and Application for the UN Food Systems Summit
by Joachim von Braun, Kaosar Afsana, Louise O. Fresco, Mohamed Hassan, Maximo Torero (March 2021)

Food system concepts and definitions for science and political action
by Joachim von Braun, Kaosar Afsana, Louise Ottilie Fresco, Mohamed Hassan & Maximo Torero
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Healthy diet – A definition for the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021
by Lynnette M Neufeld, Sheryl Hendriks, Marta Hugas (March 2021)

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The True Cost and True Price of Food
by Sheryl Hendriks, Adrian de Groot Ruiz, Mario Herrero Acosta, Hans Baumers, Pietro Galgani, Daniel Mason-D’Croz, Cecile Godde, Katharina Waha, Dimitra Kanidou, Joachim von Braun, Mauricio Benitez, Jennifer Blanke, Patrick Caron, Jessica Fanzo, Friederike Greb, Lawrence Haddad, Anna Herforth, Danie Jordaan, William Masters, Claudia Sadoff, Jean-François Soussana, Maria Cristina Tirado, Maximo Torero, Matthew Watkins (June 1, 2021)

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Q&A on the True Value of Food, True Cost Accounting and True Pricing
by members UNFSS Scientific Group, with support from Rabobank

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Achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 – A Review of Quantitative Assessments of Synergies and Tradeoffs amongst the UN Sustainable Development Goals
by Hugo Valin, Thomas Hertel, Benjamin Leon Bodirsky, Tomoko Hasegawa, Elke Stehfest (May 26, 2021)

Action Track Papers

Action Track 1 – Ensuring Access to Safe and Nutritious Food for All Through Transformation of Food Systems
by Sheryl Hendriks, Jean-François Soussana, Martin Cole, Andrew Kambugu, David Zilberman (March 2021)

Action Track 2 – Shift to Healthy and Sustainable Consumption Patterns
by Mario Herrero, Marta Hugas, Uma Lele, Aman Wira, Maximo Torero (April 2021)

Action Track 3 – Boost Nature Positive Production
by Elizabeth Hodson, Urs Niggli, Kaoru Kitajima, Rattan Lal, Claudia Sadoff (July 2021)

Action Track 4 – Advance Equitable Livelihoods
by Lynnette M. Neufeld, Jikun Huang, Ousmane Badiane, Patrick Caron, Lisa Sennerby Forsse (March 2021)

Equitable livelihoods must underpin food systems transformation
by Jikun Huang, Lynnette M. Neufeld, Ousmane Badiane, Patrick Caron and Lisa S. Forsse
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Action Track 5 – Building Resilience to Vulnerabilities, Shocks and Stresses
Thomas W. Hertel, Ismahane Elouafi, Frank Ewert and Morakot Tanticharoen (March 2021)

Diversification for enhanced food systems resilience
by Thomas Hertel, Ismahane Elouafi, Morakot Tanticharoen & Frank Ewert
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