A network for sustainable food systems
at national and global scales

The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use and Energy (FABLE) Consortium


Ecological restoration and deforestation control: Implications for Colombia’s agriculture and climate goals.

JUNE 5, 2023


Brazil President Lula's first actions to protect the environment and indigenous communities.

FEBRUARY 22, 2023


Insights on creating effective land use decision making tools from the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

JANUARY 18, 2023


Achieving Sustainable Food Systems: How can we identify synergies between biodiversity conservation and food production?

APRIL 3, 2023


A decentralized approach to model national and global food and land use systems.

MARCH 21, 2023


Aligning regenerative agricultural practices with outcomes to deliver for people, nature and climate.

JANUARY 18, 2023


Pathways to achieving nature-positive and carbon–neutral land use and food systems in Wales. Environmental Research Letters.

FEBRUARY 09, 2023


FABLE Special Issue in Sustainability Science: The actions needed for sustainable food and land use systems.

JANUARY 25, 2023


Organic agriculture in a low-emission world: exploring combined measures to deliver a sustainable food system in Sweden. Sustainability Science

JANUARY 17, 2022

Transforming the approach to sustainable land use

Our food and land systems are at the heart of many of today’s complex challenges: healthy diets for all, mitigating climate change, halting biodiversity loss, and reducing global inequities. Yet countries are unprepared to tackle these challenges. They lack national food and land use system pathways and targets consistent with global sustainability goals such as the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Global models can help to frame better policies, but do not reflect the diversity of national policy options and pathways and critical cultural contexts. In contrast, national assessments are challenged to articulate their contributions to global goals.

The FABLE Consortium is a global network of national research organizations developing national-scale food and land-use strategies aligned with global goals. FABLE fosters problem-solving across countries, through scenario marathons “Scenathons”, experience sharing on stakeholder engagement, co-development of common open tools, and policy learning between countries facing similar challenges.


country teams


national institutes


local researchers

What we do

We build consensus on quantifiable global benchmarks for sustainability targets drawing from the best evidence available.

We develop long-term national and global pathways.

We run “Scenathons” to align national pathways with global targets.

We contribute to the policy debate with science-based recommendations.

Pathways to support local decision-making

What people say about us

Efforts to embed national-level accounting and planning processes through partnerships such as the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium will be critical to building the knowledge and evidence base to guide effective action.

Chatham House

The FABLE Calculator is an innovative and accessible tool [...] It does not require prior knowledge of mathematical models. It facilitates the creation of scenarios in an agile way, and we see it as a support instrument for the planning and operation of public policy instruments.

Mexico's Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER)

The FABLE model outputs enabled us to demonstrate the interactions of a range of different policy areas on the land available to deliver our goals and highlighted the level of change, interrelationships, and competition for our two million hectares of land. We are now in a stronger position to develop more detailed, spatial pathways for the change in land use by 2050.

Department for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Welsh Government