The Science behind the Summit
The Summit is committed to delivering the latest evidence-based and scientific approaches to food systems transformation by inviting a diverse range of input from actors everywhere. The Summit’s Scientific Group, an independent group of leading researchers and scientists from around the world, is key to the Summit’s structure. Its members are responsible for ensuring the robustness, breadth and independence of the science that underpins the Summit. They will also inform the Summit’s recommended outcomes and clarify the level of ambition and commitments that emerge from the Summit process.
To inform the Summit’s outcomes and support its commitment to science, the Scientific Group is engaging with networks of hundreds and even thousands of independent experts during the preparatory process. Summit partners are invited to submit research papers and findings to the Scientific Group. Fresh thinking is welcomed and input from all constituency groups — including civil society, indigenous peoples, producer organizations, youth organizations and the private sector — is strongly encouraged to ensure that a diversity of voices are represented and heard in the Summit’s scientific discussions.
The Science Reader brings research-based, state-of-the-art, solution-oriented knowledge and evidence to inform the transformation of contemporary food systems to achieve more sustainable, equitable and resilient food systems, and it includes research reports by the Scientific Group of the UN Food System Summit 2021.
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.
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.
Recognising the pivotal role of science, technology and innovation for food systems transformation, the Science Days, organized by the Scientific Group of the UN Food Systems Summit and facilitated and hosted by FAO, offer an important opportunity to support the agenda setting process with scientific evidence and perspectives. Join us on 8-9 July 2021.
The Scientific Group for the UN Food Systems Summit held a workshop with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and representatives of Academies from all hemispheres to identify key action areas of science and innovations in support of the goals of the Summit.
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The UN Food Systems Summit’s top priority is to change the dysfunctional world food system. In a Q&A with Welthungerhilfe, Joachim von Braun, agricultural scientist and Chair of the Summit's Scientific Group discusses the challenges of fighting hunger and the role of science.