Workshop Publication

Sustainable and Equitable Increases in Fruit and Vegetable Productivity and Consumption are Needed to Achieve Global Nutrition Security

Zach Conrad | Presenter
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Yan Li | Presenter
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Wei-Ting Chen | Presenter
University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
Timothy Sulser | Presenter
Tim Hess | Presenter
Cranfield University
Sylvia Rowe | Presenter
SR Strategy
Sumira Phatak | Presenter
Utah State University
Senthold Asseng | Presenter
University of Florida
Stanford University
Naomi K Fukagawa | Presenter
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Markus Frank | Presenter
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Kevin Bryan | Presenter
Keystone Policy Center
Kerri Steenwerth | Presenter
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Keith Wiebe | Presenter
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Kate Schaffner | Presenter
World Wildlife Fund
Kaiyu Guan | Presenter
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
John Finley | Presenter
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Jessica Bogard | Presenter
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jennifer Otten | Presenter
University of Washington
Hans Blonk | Presenter
Blonk Consultants
Greg Thoma | Presenter
University of Arkansas
M Franklin Holley | Presenter
Keystone Policy Center
Dominik Klauser | Presenter
Dave Gustafson | Presenter
ILSI Research Foundation
Daniel Sonke | Presenter
Campbell Soup Company
Colin Khoury | Presenter
International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Claudio Stöckle | Presenter
Washington State University
Caroline Otto | Presenter
Syngenta Foundation
University of Michigan
Alison Edwards | Presenter
Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops
Ahmed Kablan | Presenter
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Abhishek Chaudhary | Presenter
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
November 20, 2018

Increased intake of fruits and vegetables (F&V) is recommended for most populations across the globe. However, the current state of global and regional food systems is such that F&V availability, the production required to sustain them, and consumer food choices are all severely deficient to meet this need. Given the critical state of public health and nutrition worldwide, as well as the fragility of the ecological systems and resources on which they rely, there is a great need for research, investment, and innovation in F&V systems to nourish our global population. Here, we review the challenges that must be addressed in order to expand production and consumption of F&V sustainably and on a global scale. At the conclusion of the workshop, the gathered participants drafted the “Aspen/Keystone Declaration” (see below), which announces the formation of a new “Community of Practice,” whose area of work is described in this position paper. The need for this work is based on a series of premises discussed in detail at the workshop and summarized herein. To surmount these challenges, opportunities are presented for growth and innovation in F&V food systems. The paper is organized into five sections based on primary points of intervention in global F&V systems: (1) research and development, (2) information needs to better inform policy & investment, (3) production (farmers, farming practices, and supply), (4) consumption (availability, access, and demand), and (5) sustainable & equitable F&V food systems and supply chains.