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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.

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We must give women a chance to build back a better food system

In an opinion piece for CNBC Africa, UN Special Envoy Agnes Kalibata explains why bolstering women’s role in the food system and supporting them as change agents can have broad and lasting benefits for our communities and environment.

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IFPRI Signs MoU with Scientific Group on Research Cooperation

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Scientific Group of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Food Systems Summit signed a Memorandum of Understanding today establishing a framework for collaboration on research for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021.

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UN Chief announces major push to transform harmful food systems

UN Chief António Guterres announces that the UN Food Systems Summit is scheduled to take place in September 2021. The event will be held at UN Headquarters in New York, in conjunction with the next UN General Assembly.

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UN’s Food Systems Summit hosts World Food Day 24-hour Global Relay Conversation

This #VoicesodFoodSystems 24-Hour Global Relay Conversation, hosted by the UN Food Systems Summit and in partnership with Future Food Institute, will be a highly interactive and relevant discussion for World Food Day, while also acting as the official launch of the Food Systems Summit Dialogues.