A network for sustainable food systems
at national and global scales

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


FABLE takes the lead in evaluating climate pathways and their impacts on biodiversity, health, and SDGs within CHOICE.

FEB 21, 2024


Shaping tomorrow's food and land-use systems: Highlights from the 13th FABLE Meeting.

DEC 1, 2023


Assessing policy options for sustainable water use in India's cereal production system

OCT 13, 2023


We must eat what we grow, and grow what we eat

FEB 5, 2024


A nexus approach to support natural resource management in the Blue Nile Basin of Ethiopia

DEC 21, 2023


Why governments must take action to transform our food and land use systems

NOV 28, 2023


Stakeholder engagement: FABLE and the Welsh Government.

JAN 24, 2024


Sowing sustainability: Insights from Argentina's agricultural landscape.

DEC 07, 2023


Impacts of subsidy policy on the spatial distribution of pig production and related nitrogen losses in China.

NOV 23, 2023

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