Social dimension of sustainable food systems (how local communities can be supported through sustainable farming practices)


The social dimension of sustainable food systems refers to the impact that food production and consumption have on communities and society as a whole. On the social dimension, a food system is considered sustainable when there is equity in the distribution of the economic value added, taking into account vulnerable groups categorized by gender, age, race and so on. Of fundamental importance, food system activities need to contribute to the advancement of important socio-cultural outcomes, such as nutrition and health, traditions, labour conditions, and animal welfare.

  By employment of sustainable farming practices, local communities can be supported through implementation of social, economic and environmental measures. These measures for example include:

  • Strengthen the local markets
  • Support of development of value -added products
  • Promote cooperative farming (sharing knowledge and resources)
  • Establishing community supportive agriculture (CSA)
  • Supportive policy work
  • Equal labour rights
  1. FAO. Sustainable Food systems. Concept and framework. Link: