Food systems: seven priorities to end hunger and protect the planet

The global food system needs a revamp and science is one lens for making sure that changes are integrated and collectively deliver better outcomes. The Summit is a great opportunity to harness science and technology to improve nutrition, safeguard the environment, and focus on move into setting actions and targets.

This is our time to get food systems right

In this opinion piece for The New Times, author Hailemariam Desalegn writes on the issue of food security in Africa and explains how without increasing resilience through integrated agricultural markets for cost-effective and nutritious foods, the continent’s food value chain will remain broken.

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Eager for Ambition – All Stakeholders Encouraged to Continue Stepping Forward through the Food Systems Summit with Leadership and Bold Action

Statement by Dr. Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to the 2021 Food Systems Summit

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Pre-Summit wraps up in Rome

The Pre-Summit featured input not only from governments and multi-lateral organizations, but from farmers, environmental groups, and even youth representatives, who praised their inclusion in the event.

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UN summit seeks to shape a food system fit for the future

Delegates, civil society organizations, and others, came together at the Pre-Summit. Groups ranging from organic farmers to Indigenous Peoples, youth and small businesses called for a central role in decision-making, as well as funding and other support.

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Science key to food system overhaul

The Pre-Summit highlighted the need for science and innovation as the centre of global food system transformation to drive sustainable agricultural productivity, ensure food security, and better nutrition for all.

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More inclusive food systems and innovative SMEs take center stage at Pre-Summit

Advancing a policy framework and innovative solutions to improve access to healthy and sustainable food will require multi-sectoral engagement.

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Andrea Bocelli’s live performance closes off the first day of the UN Pre-Summit

Bocelli’s first performance was followed by an opportunity to hear from Food Systems Heroes, setting the tone for this ‘people’s summit’ and finishing off the first day of this three-day historical event in Rome.

Covid has left millions in need, but we have the power to end hunger once and for all

In this opinion piece for The Telegraph, authors Kanayo Nwanze and Ertharin Cousin write on how the Covid-19 pandemic has created the conditions for a food crisis like no other, doubling the number of hungry and poor worldwide.

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Public Forum discusses how to better finance food systems

Food systems are subtracting rather than adding value, and rethinking how food is financed will help bring in investment and successfully tackle challenges like hunger and poverty.

Land rights for small producers: a critical solution to the world's food systems

Better supporting the role of smallholder producers, including Indigenous Peoples and local communities, in food systems allows a move away from models of intensive large-scale production predicated on cheap food with a great cost to local societies and ecosystems.

Latest Civil Society Public Forum highlights UN Food Systems Summit progress

This Civil Society Public Forum was part of a series of open-door events which started last year aimed to allow everyone to get involved in the Summit engagement process. The conversation focused on the Pre-Summit and beyond, and participants were invited to reflect on progress and provide feedback.

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United Nations warns 10 per cent of world undernourished

A new report released by the United Nations warns that there has been a dramatic worsening during the COVID-19 pandemic of the hunger crisis facing the planet.

Women are the nucleus of our global food system

As the world’s attention falls on redesigning food systems to deliver safe and healthy food, livelihoods, and environments for all, it is equally important to ensure that the human rights of half of its producers and consumers – women – are not left behind.

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Global Summit Dialogue highlights the critical role international trade has on climate and food security

People from around the world came together at the July 6 Global Summit Dialogue: Trade, an essential piece of the food systems puzzle, to bring attention to the critical role international trade plays in food security and its impact on climate change.