Workshop Publication

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

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