Workshop Publication

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

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Ahmed Kablan | Author
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops
University of Michigan
Caroline Otto | Author
Syngenta Foundation
Washington State University
Colin Khoury | Author
International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Daniel Sonke | Author
Campbell Soup Company
ILSI Research Foundation
Keystone Policy Center
Greg Thoma | Author
University of Arkansas
Hans Blonk | Author
Blonk Consultants
University of Washington
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
John Finley | Author
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Kaiyu Guan | Author
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
World Wildlife Fund
Keith Wiebe | Author
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Kevin Bryan | Author
Keystone Policy Center
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Markus Frank | Author
BASF
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Stanford University
University of Florida
Sumira Phatak | Author
Utah State University
Sylvia Rowe | Author
SR Strategy
Tim Hess | Author
Cranfield University
CGIAR
Wei-Ting Chen | Author
University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
Yan Li | Author
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Zach Conrad | Author
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.