This commentary piece by Nature Today, writers Joachim von Braun, Kaosar Afsana, Louise O. Fresco, and Mohamed Hassan, provide seven priorities which underline key roles that scientists should take to accelerate the transformation to healthier, more sustainable, equitable and resilient food systems: end hunger and improve diets, de-risk food systems, protect equality and rights, boost bioscience, protect resources, sustain aquatic foods, and harness digital technology.

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 UN Food Systems 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.

The authors provide suggestions the Summit can implement to achieve these priorities which reflect the Scientific Group’s evidence base, comprising more than 50 reports and brief: boost finance, increase scientific capacity, and strengthen science-policy interfaces. By brining science to the table, we can transform food systems and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

 

Read the full commentary piece here.