The Accelerator for Agriculture and Agroindustry Development and Innovation Plus (3ADI+) has been rebranded to the Agrifood Systems Transformation Accelerator (ASTA).
Sustainable food systems can help break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and malnutrition, address inequity and inequality, alleviate environmental and climate change impacts, and trigger solutions to resist and recover from shocks and stresses. Yet, too many of the world’s food systems are fragile, unexamined and susceptible to breakdown, as millions of people around the world have experienced during the recent pandemic. Transforming food systems to make them more inclusive, sustainable and resilient is key to making progress towards all 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As modern food systems are deeply interconnected, it is vital to identify and address the systemic barriers to linking producers to processing, value addition and end markets. Using a value chain approach allows to measure, analyze and improve the performance of the food value chains that make up food systems.
ASTA is a global program led by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It assists countries with accelerating investment in food system transformation to achieve the SDGs, including through development of value chains, market systems, business models and inclusive finance.