Commentary

Driving innovation investments for sustainable agriculture in the Global South

The COVID-19 pandemic has left the world reeling, with economies hard hit and inequalities in access to food and healthcare laid bare. We need to make sure that investments in global food systems are adequate, targeted and money well spent. We cannot afford ‘business as usual’: current technology, policies, institutions and financial instruments are just not up to the job. 

Transition steps for food system transformation

This brief by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition draws on the Panel’s Foresight report ‘Future Food Systems: For people, our planet and prosperity’ to outline the essential steps needed to transition to healthier, more sustainable food systems.

COVID-19 and food systems: rebuilding for resilience

This brief by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition makes clear that while food systems urgently need to be transformed to better support both human and planetary health, transformed food systems must also be resilient to future shocks.

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Water and cross-sectoral collaboration are key to food system transformations

Ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit in September experts warn that the transformation of our food systems and the protection of our increasingly fragile ecosystems depends on improved water management and cross-sectoral collaboration.

Who can do what for food systems change: a wish list

What are the policies and actions that could bring radical improvements to food systems? And who has the power to get them done? This is one of the big questions being asked in the global food systems conversation.

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If Nature Could Speak

Our own future and the health of all life on Earth depends on us making peace with nature. Which is why it is crucial to seize the opportunity of this year’s UN Food Systems Summit not only to raise these concerns but explore solutions to address these.

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Financing food systems transformation

International Food Policy Research Institution's Charlotte Hebebrand and Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla discuss ideas for funding change and share insights into the work of the UN Food Systems Summit Finance Lever.

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2021 is going to be a bad year for world hunger

Today, the UN World Food Programme's live Hunger Map aggregates 957 million people across 93 countries who do not have enough to eat. Of the factors driving global hunger, climate is the one that can best be predicted using science. As countries are re-grouping to think about ways in which the COVID-19 crisis can be used as a springboard to build more resilient societies, climate foresight and preventive planning need to be part of the equation.

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COVID-19 pandemic offers rare chance for food systems transformation

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruptions of social interactions, affecting both the supply and demand for food. These disruptions to jobs, income and food supply magnified and exacerbated existing inequalities. Lessons from the pandemic provide a unique opportunity for real structural change that can make food systems more efficient, resilient, healthy, sustainable, and equitable.

Future Food Systems: For people, our planet, and prosperity

Game changing solutions for food system transformation

Ahead of the Summit, the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition has developed a short paper summarising a set of game changing solutions identified in the Panel’s recent foresight report ‘Future Food Systems: For people, our planet and prosperity’.

Why home-grown school feeding is a global game changer for children and food systems

Before the pandemic, school feeding was the most extensive social safety net globally, with one in every two schoolchildren receiving school meals every day from national programmes. In April 2020, 50 million children lost access to school meals due to school closures. The stakes couldn’t be higher as many children, especially girls, risk never returning to the classroom. The ensuing crisis has highlighted the need to reshape 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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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”.