A long-term food strategy for Sweden

Swedish food creates jobs, sustainable growth and values for society as a whole. In addition to meeting the demand for food, we gain open landscapes and lively rural communities. The national food strategy will help strengthen competitiveness and to ensure the potential of Swedish food production is fully realised to the benefit of actors and stakeholders throughout the entire food supply chain – from primary production all the way to the consumer.

Sven-Erik Bucht on stage at a press conference
The Government submitted the bill ‘A national food strategy for Sweden – more jobs and sustainable growth throughout the country’ to the Swedish Parliament on 30 January 2017. The submission was preceded by long negotiations between the Government, the Moderate Party, the Centre Party, the Left Party, the Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats on the strategy’s objectives, which will form the basis of food policy up to 2030. The Swedish parliament will now process the bill and the process is expected to be complete in June 2017. Photo: Elima Mwinyipembe/Government Offices.

The strategy is a platform

In March 2015, Mr Bucht began the work of drawing up a long-term national food strategy. Following an extensive dialogue process, including a tour throughout the country and numerous meetings with stakeholder organisations, companies and other actors, work on drawing up the bill was begun and it has now been submitted to the Swedish Parliament. The strategy is a platform from which this and future governments will shape food policy up to 2030.

– Actors in the food supply chain need a long-term perspective, and this strategy shows that in terms of policy we believe in Swedish food production and think it is important – for jobs and growth throughout the country, but also in our transition to a sustainable society, says Mr Bucht.

A common direction

Implementation will now begin, based on the Government's action plan. The action plan will result in a large number of decisions on measures. At the same time, all actors in the food supply chain will be invited to contribute to the work of achieving the strategy's objectives.

– For me, it is important to emphasise that the strategy sets a common direction in which the entire food supply chain works together. The Government cannot do this on its own. Commitment and initiative from actors in the food supply chain are extremely important to ensure robust policy tools, says Mr Bucht.