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Towards integrated food policy: Main challenges and steps ahead

Candel, J. J. L. & Pereira, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-4996-7234 (2017). Towards integrated food policy: Main challenges and steps ahead. Environmental Science & Policy, 73, pp. 89-92. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2017.04.010


Repeated food crises have resulted in increased recognition of the boundary-spanning nature of governing food systems and in consequent calls for more holistic food governance. An increasing number of governments have followed up on this recognition by initiating or discussing the development of better integrated food policy. However, in spite of the emergence of integrated food policy as a policy paradigm worth pursuing, considerable challenges remain regarding its concrete realization. Drawing upon recent insights from the public policy literature, this policy letter sets out five particularly demanding areas of concern: (i) constructing a resonating policy frame, (ii) formulating policy goals, (iii) involving relevant sectors and levels, (iv) the question of what constitutes optimal policy integration, and (v) designing a consistent mix of policy instruments. Formulating answers to these challenges will enable policymakers and stakeholders to envision the next steps in concretizing integrated food policy.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This published version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Food policy, Food system, Food security, Policy integration, Governance, Wicked problem
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management > Food Policy
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