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Powering sustainable food systems

Millions of people from the 16 most climate-vulnerable countries rely on agriculture but lack access to clean energy. Leading countries which generate most of the GHG emissions must do their part to help combat this climate and agriculture challenge, writes UN Special Envoy Agnes Kalibata and Kristina Skierka, CEO of Power For All.

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Summit provides information updates at a briefing to UN Member States

UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed and UN Special Envoy, Agnes Kalibata provided an update on the Food Systems Summit and its progress on the 23rd of May in a briefing to Members States.

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The Bahamas commits to transforming food system by participating in Summit Dialogues

The Bahamas Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources says that transforming Bahamas’ food system is the most powerful action they can take to solve their biggest problems. Hurricanes and the pandemic have impacted the most vulnerable, and now, they have an opportunity to build back stronger than ever.

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What the rising level of obesity says about the food system

The roots of high levels of obesity are complex. Food environments are influenced by the marketing of unhealthy products to children, as well as agricultural policies, climatic conditions, cultural and social factors and policies that impact trade. While these roots to obesity rates are complex, addressing obesity is important not only from a food and nutrition perspective, but also as a key strategy for building resilience and preventing future pandemics.

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Civil Society Public Forum discusses emerging ideas and progress

This live online forum saw representatives from the Action Tracks and Summit Dialogues share progress, ideas to date and next steps. The discussion provided an opportunity to touch on emerging recommendations and ideas of building coalitions, identify gaps, and other areas of concern. Watch the Forum >>

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Podcast: Finding the Thing You Love

Agnes Kalibata, UN Special Envoy to the 2021 Food Systems Summit, shares her remarkable story, and discusses how an encounter during her Ph.D led to her becoming the former Minister of Agriculture in Rwanda and why it’s so important to build resilience around climate change at this year’s Food System Summit.

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Africa's youth finds its power in transforming food systems

In this thought piece for All Africa, Mike Nkhombo Khunga, Scaling Up Nutrition Global Youth Leader and Vice-Chair of the Summit’s Action Track 5, highlights how youth in Africa are expressing strong readiness and passion in actively contributing to the processes of delivering solutions that transform food systems.

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UN to involve millions of rural people in 2021 Food Systems Summit as part of ambitious public engagement process

Indigenous communities, family farmers, rural women and youth among those invited to take a seat at the table during Independent Dialogues to help transform global food systems.

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Global food systems can only be truly transformed with a people’s summit

In this opinion piece for Devex, UN Special Envoy Agnes Kalibata discusses how food systems can be transformed by sharing platforms, ideas, and learnings on a global level.

Hungry for change: an open letter to national governments

After a year of global paralysis, caused by the shock of Covid-19, we must channel our anxieties, our fear, our hunger, and most of all our energies into action, and wake up to the fact that by transforming food systems to be healthier, more sustainable and inclusive, we can recover from the pandemic and limit the impact of future crises.

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How science can transform farming to help save the planet

In a Q&A with Time, UN Special Envoy Agnes Kalibata discusses new food technologies, the future of farming, and why eating insects, while good for human and planetary health, is likely to remain a fringe idea for the foreseeable future.

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WHO urges governments to promote healthy food in public facilities

Consuming a healthy diet from pre-birth to the last days of life is vital to prevent all forms of malnutrition as well as diabetes, cancers and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). A new WHO action framework aims to increase the availability of healthy food through setting nutrition criteria for food served and sold in public settings.

Hungry for change: Faulty food systems laid bare by COVID-19 and climate crises

There are faults in our world's food systems, and now climate change and COVID-19 have disrupted the world's food production and tipped millions more people into hunger in 2020. We are now presented with real opportunities for change. 

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UN food systems envoy warns of double threat to food security in Africa

In an interview with Devex, UN Special Envoy Agnes Kalibata highlights that though 2020 was a year of generally good rain in Africa, which resulted in significant stability in food production, this luck could soon run out.

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Choice and opportunity for African farmers will transform Africa

In an opinion piece for Inter Press Service, UN Special Envoy Agnes Kalibata highlights the need for futher support and investment for African farmers, and that agricultural transformation should be a key focus for the continent.