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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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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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Innovations in Financing scaling up Agroecology

In this opinion piece, Vijay Kumar of Rythu Sadhikara Samstha (Farmers’ Empowerment Corporation) - Government of Andhra Pradesh, India, discusses the benefits of their state-wide and community-managed natural farming programme.

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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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Invisible livestock: the workers who carry our hopes of achieving ‘Zero Hunger’ on their backs

In an opinion piece, Harry Bignell, Global External Affairs Officer at Brooke, explains how we must recognise working animals as essential in realising global food security.

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Breaking the vicious circle of hunger and conflict

At this challenging time, we must not forget how important the world’s 500 million small-scale farms are for building global peace and food security. The Food Systems Summit will be an opportunity to lay the foundations for the sustainable food systems of the future —and the peace and prosperity of future generations depend upon it.

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Food systems “game changers”: reflections so far

Food systems as currently governed leave too much devastation in their wake: rising hunger numbers, 1 in 3 people malnourished, environmental degradation, unsustainable greenhouse gas emissions, inequality and vulnerability. We all want to find and implement actions that can change the ways in which food systems operate, the so-called “game changers”.

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The pandemic has revealed the true cost of inequality

COVID-19 has brought to the fore the connection between food, health and quality of life, but also how many of our food systems are failing us, especially where inequality is most prevalent. The pandemic has powered an unprecedented global appetite for change that must be channelled into transforming food systems to be more inclusive, more equitable and more sustainable.

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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.

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"Powering Agriculture": A Campaign for Sustainable Energy Food Systems

With this year seeing the first-ever UN Food Systems Summit and the first UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy in 40 years, now is the time to ensure that the next decade is defined by close collaboration between the energy and food sectors.

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.

New year, new food systems

The Food Systems Summit is becoming a reality, not just as a point in time in September 2021, but as a year-long global engagement process to bring solutions to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals. The Summit Community is now live -join the conversation and make your voice heard.