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What We Do

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Sustainable Diets for All (SD4ALL) is an advocacy programme that uses evidence, including evidence generated by citizens, to help low-income communities in Bolivia, Indonesia, Uganda, Kenya and Zambia improve their access to sustainable, diverse and nutritious food. The 5-year (2016-2020) programme is coordinated by Hivos, the International Institute for the Environment and Development (IIED), and partners in the focal countries. Sustainable Diets for All is funded by the 'Dialogue and Dissent' Strategic Partnership with the Dutch Foreign Ministry.

Towards Sustainable Diets and Food Systems

Our programme delivers policy change in relation to three key areas:

1. Healthy and diverse consumption

2. Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) and informal market linkages

3. Nutritious and diverse production

Our Approach

Citizens play a vital role and putting them centre stage is crucial to building a new food system that enables women and men, young and old, to use and develop their knowledge to further improve the diversity in production and consumption systems. We work with citizens and partner organisations to influence policies, market practices, government actors and international institutions to promote diets which are diverse, healthy, fair and green. We build multi-stakeholder coalitions to promote local, national and global sustainable food systems using innovative methodologies. Learn more

Our Track Record

Over the past 40 years, Hivos has supported cooperatives and smallholder farmer organisations in food commodities to improve livelihoods by developing sustainable entrepreneurship, accessing green (micro-) financing and exchanging knowledge. Additionally, Hivos has a track record of supporting social innovation and a large network of civil society organisations (CSOs) and progressive food enterprises that foster positive pathways and programmes. This provides us with a broad platform where people can come together to create positive and innovative solutions and contribute to more diverse and climate-smart food systems.

IIED builds bridges: between local and global, policy and practice, rich and poor, government and private sector, and across diverse interest groups. IIED’s strength lies in its combination of research and action—generating robust evidence and know-how that is informed by a practical perspective acquired through hands-on research with grassroots partners and has a track record of 35 years of policy influence through environment and development research in partnership with local organisations.