As part of the lead-up to the Food Systems Summit in 2021, Devex and IFAD are co-hosting a third virtual event designed to spotlight the urgent need to guarantee accessible and affordable quality foods for all – especially as the economic consequences of the pandemic deepen.
Are companies on track for food systems transformation?
The World Benchmarking Alliance's (WBA) Food and Agriculture Benchmark aims to translate what is needed of the private sector into clear business asks across the entire food system agenda. With the first full ranking to be published at the 2021 UN Food System Summit, the WBA is excited to launch now a prelude, with its baseline report.
To support the UN system's efforts towards eliminating hunger, securing decent work and achieving the SDGs, UN DESA is holding a Global Policy Dialogue on food system livelihoods in the context of demographic change and rural development. The event will also serve as a UN Food Systems Summit Dialogue, informing the 2021 Summit process.
International Year of Fruits and Vegetables - Launch Event
This is the official launch event of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV) 2021. IYFV is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the important role of fruits and vegetables in nutrition, food security and human and planetary health. It also aims to reduce food loss and waste and promote sustainability and safety of the fruits and vegetables value chain.
High-Level Seminar on North American Indigenous Peoples’ food systems
To help ensure that Indigenous leaders are represented in ongoing global dialogues, FAO North America is working with the FAO Indigenous Peoples Unit to strengthen collaborations with the Indigenous Peoples of the United States and Canada. July and August saw a series of introductory meetings on the topic of North American Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems, and the series will culminate in this high-level seminar with a focus towards the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.
Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Year of Action - Launch Event
The Governments of Canada and Bangladesh, in partnership with the Government of Japan and with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, cordially invite you to the launch of a Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Year of Action. The event will showcase new policy and financing commitments to nutrition from a range of stakeholders and will formally launch a Nutrition For Growth Year of Action, that includes milestone events leading up to the Summit in Tokyo in late December 2021.
Compassion in World Farming and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) invite you to join this special session. It has never been more urgent to transform the food system and embrace nature-positive high welfare farming.
Action Track 3 (AT3) focuses on boosting nature-positive production systems at scale to globally meet the fundamental human right to healthy and nutritious food while operating within planetary boundaries. We have begun to define the nature of the tasks that AT3 will take on and how to implement them. To inform our next steps, we want to canvas ideas and create opportunities for you to participate, so we can listen to your input.
Action Track 2 (AT2) focuses on seeking game-changing solutions to realize a shift to sustainably produced food, strengthen local value chains and improve nutrition (especially amongst the most vulnerable), and reuse and recycle food resources so that we can half food waste. We have begun to define the nature of the tasks that AT2 will take on and how to implement them. To inform our next steps, we want to canvas ideas and create opportunities for you to participate, so we can listen to your input.
Fourth International Conference on Global Food Security
The Fourth International Conference on Global Food Security will address the topic of food security from the local level to the global level, and from an interdisciplinary and systemic food systems perspective. The conference will address the triple burden of malnutrition: hunger, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity. With an eye towards furthering progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the conference will aim to deepen understanding of the environmental, nutritional, agricultural, demographic, socio-economic, political, technological and institutional drivers, costs and outcomes of food security.
Action Track 5 – building resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stresses – is proposing actions to ensure that food systems, which are affected by conflict, environmental and economic shocks and stresses, can maintain functionality, recover from the effects of harmful events, and improve to a better-off state. To inform our next steps we want to canvas ideas and create opportunities for you to participate, so we can listen to your ideas and input.
The Forum will be focusing on “Global Commons Stewardship in the Anthropocene”. Leaders from all over the world and across different sectors – academia, government, industry and NPOs – will come together virtually to discuss the current state of our global society, and envision a future towards the stewardship of the Global Commons. Topics will include circulation of resources such as water and food that are essential to our lives, as well as what can be done in our daily lives and community.
Transforming agrifood systems and fostering inclusive rural development
Looking towards the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, the event “Transforming agrifood systems and fostering inclusive rural development in the context of COVID-19 to end rural poverty” will analyze the economic, social and environmental potential of an inclusive process of agrifood system transformation for the eradication of rural poverty and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Hosted by FAO, IFAD, WFP, UNDESA, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of China to the UN and the Delegation of the European Union to the UN.
Resetting the future of food is possible and with this aim, the Barilla Foundation and Food Tank will present concrete solutions to rethink our food systems from farm to fork. The event will highlight the critical role of farmers in feeding the world and managing natural resources; food business in progressing towards the 2030 Agenda; and chefs in re-designing food experiences. The prospects of technology and innovation, the role of food as prevention, and the most recent policy developments - including the EU Farm to Fork Strategy - will also be discussed. These discussions will help set the stage for 2021 United Nations Food System Summit.
Action Track 4 (AT4) is concentrating on the livelihoods at the various points within food systems - from the small-scale farmer to the retailer - and how we advance equity throughout. Over the past one-two months, we have started to define the nature of the tasks that AT4 will take on and how to implement them. To inform our next steps, we want to canvas ideas and create opportunities for you to participate, so we can listen to your input.
Held from November 30 – December 4, Adaptation Week is a virtual campaign that brings people together to highlight the urgency of climate adaptation and a resilient recovery. This campaign is in support of the Global Commission on Adaptation and serves as stepping stone to the Climate Adaptation Summit and COP26 in 2021.
Join the campaign throughout the week on social media and at their many events.
Shifting European Finance towards Food Systems Transformation
It is widely recognised that a radical transformation of food and agriculture systems is urgently needed in order to address converging social, economic, health and ecological crises. This webinar is hosted by Biovision Foundation, CIDSE, IPES-Food, and the AgroecologyNow group at Coventry University’s Center for Agroecology Water and Resilience (CAWR). Also in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies, Coalition Contre la Faim, and DanChurchAid.
Third Global Conference of the Sustainable Food Systems Programme
The Third Global Conference of the Sustainable Food Systems Programme will define actions to make food environments more conducive to sustainable and healthy diets. It will also promote multi-stakeholder collaboration and raise the political importance of sustainable food systems among public and private sector leaders. This conference will be a key stepping stone towards the breakthrough UN Food Systems Summit in 2021.
The Common Agricultural Policy: Keeping the Ambition High in Europe
The EU Commission and Member States are discussing the national strategic plans on the Common Agricultural Policy: will these plans meet the environmental and social ambitions of the EU Green Deal? For Slow Food, agroecology will be key to making the deeply needed transition to sustainable food systems in Europe. An exchange will take place between representatives from the European Commission, the Ministries of Agriculture of Germany and Italy, an expert from IDDRI, a sustainable development think tank, and Slow Food farmers.
Bold Actions for Food as a Force for Good | Session: Forces for Food Systems Transformation - Finance
This session is part of the 'Bold Actions for Food as a Force for Good' event. The Finance Lever of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit aims to turn finance from a constraint into an enabler of food systems transformation. The goals of this session are to explore innovative approaches as well as learning about best practices and initiatives that are already happening on the ground. The session offers strategic input as the finance lever is developed.