A New Convergent Science Framework for Food System Sustainability in an Uncertain Climate

Gregory N. Sixt, Michael A. Hauser, Nicole Tichenor Blackstone, Alejandra Engler, Jerry Hatfield, Sheryl L. Hendriks, Samuel Ihouma, Chandra Madramootoo, Renee J. Robins, Pete Smith, Lewis H. Ziska, Patrick Webb

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The complexity and interconnectivity of food systems and climate requires new thinking and research designs that better address the real-world challenges of securing the resilience and sustainability of human and environmental systems. Central to such an approach is coherent action across sectors and scales. Although inter-and transdisciplinary approaches are widely discussed, no
convergence model exists to detect and prepare for food system vulnerabilities emerging from disruptions in climate systems, or to address the contributions to climate change from food system functions. Convergence research is critical to solving these vexing dynamics by integrating knowledge from multiple scientific domains to inform societal action. Here we present a new convergent science model that incorporates four key components at the global, national, and local
level. Through the newly created Food and Climate Systems Transformation (FACT) Alliance, we are now operationalizing, testing and refining the model to promote science convergence for tackling systemic vulnerabilities in the current food paradigm. Globally, funding relating to climate change and food systems transformation needs to pivot to support the levels of ambition, magnitude of need, and complexity of challenges posed.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere423
JournalFood and Energy Security
Issue number4
Early online date4 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022


  • climate change
  • food systems
  • vulnerability
  • transformation
  • convergence


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