The FaST Programme

Supporting Participatory Foresight Processes in Africa, Asia and the Middle East

The “Enabling National Processes of Foresight for Food Systems Transformation (FaST) Programme”, which runs from June 2022 to June 2025, supports participatory foresight and scenario processes in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The programme is funded by the Netherlands, delivered through IFAD and implemented by the Foresight4Food network, with Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI) and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in leading positions.

Foresight and scenario processes can play key roles in supporting food system transformation pathways by helping to identify practical scenarios for change and generating the necessary stakeholder buy-in and political will. To help take forward such foresight work, the FaST programme will support in-depth foresight processes in five focus countries and provide an umbrella support mechanism to assist foresight activity across a wider set of countries.

The aim of the FaST programme is to enable evidence-based foresight and scenario analysis to be used as a foundation for improved food system policies and strategies, across both the public and private sectors. In the focus countries, FaST will provide a flexible facility to support work that aligns with the priorities and interests of national governments and other key stakeholders. Globally, the programme will synthesize food systems scenario work and support collaboration and learning across providers and users of food systems foresight analysis.