Angkor Wat bas-relief, Cambodia

Welcome to Week 2

Welcome back! Last week, we introduced the food systems approach to natural resource use. We covered key concepts, discussed issues related to natural resources, environmental impacts and food security, and highlighted concrete examples that illustrate the complexity of food systems and the social and environmental issues they raise.

This week we start with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and consider the role of sustainable food systems, including both production and consumption, in sustainable development. Then we dig deeper into food systems and natural resources in Southeast Asia. We will explore some significant trends and issues that are shaping the region and its food systems.

Throughout this week remember that you can return to last week’s content at any time, and within this week’s steps, look out for links back to specific steps from last week. Below is a key diagram from last week. It will be important to keep it in mind during this week and beyond as we look at the various components of the diagram within a Southeast Asian food systems context.

Conceptual framework of food systems and natural resources Conceptual framework of food systems and natural resources (UNEP, 2016).


UNEP (2016). Food Systems and Natural Resources. A Report of the Working Group on Food Systems of the International Resource Panel. Westhoek, H, Ingram J., Van Berkum, S., Özay, L., and Hajer M.

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Food and Our Future: Sustainable Food Systems in Southeast Asia

Stockholm Environment Institute