Localising the SDGs through food justice in Australia will require major changes to food governance across multiple levels in the food system. For example, while food production within ecological boundaries will be actioned locally, this will be supported by wider shifts in agricultural policy, trade policy and land use planning at state and federal levels. Addressing equitable food access hand-in-hand with poverty reduction, gender equity, improved health and wellbeing, quality education, affordable and clean energy likewise require government policy coherence and commitment to collaborative action. Ensuring the meaningful participation of civil society in food system decision making requires innovative approaches to be developed at all levels, and for stronger support through financing, education and improved accountability mechanisms. Many of these changes are highlighted within our fair food futures scenarios and pathways for action.
In the video below, we summarise the scenarios and call on policy makers and advocates to consider how our findings might be addressed through governance reform.
We also invited some food system ‘experts’ to reflect on the ideas and actions put forth by each scenario. Below, they talk about the potentials and challenges associated with bringing these food justice visions to life…