Food Systems Dialogues

Goal: Dialogues series that aims to contribute towards international consensus on how to pursue food systems transformation through multistakeholder approaches.

The Food Systems Dialogues (FSDs) are a global series of facilitated round table discussions that encourage collective action for transforming food systems. Co-convened by EAT, Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). and the World Economic Forum, this dialogue series has been officially a recognized mechanism to reach local food systems and a diverse number of food actors by the UN Food Systems Summit. Over 40 Dialogues held in 6 continents engaging over 2500 food systems practitioners. 

FSDs bring together diverse actors in food systems (with expertise in farming, public health, food and beverage, catering, marketing, humanitarian action) from government, civil society, business and academia, to share perspectives, examine opportunities and understand trade-offs for change.

Since their launch in June 2018, FSDs events have taken place across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North and South America involving more than 30 dialogues. Led by David Nabarro, FSDs will support the 2021 Food Systems Summit to connect cities, countries, and many stakeholders to the agenda in 2020-2021

5 Red-Thread themes have emerged from the dialogues:

1. Food products should contribute to people’s nutrition and health

2. Inclusive approaches to improve people’s access to nutritious foods

3. Engage producers in the emergence of food systems that are climate compatible and sustainable

4. Align financing and investment with desired food system transformation

 Address the fragilities in food systems exposed by COVID19 pandemic

In 2019, the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) called for a Food Systems Summit, underpinned by an inclusive engagement process to unleash the power of food to deliver progress on all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In preparing for the Summit a diverse range of stakeholders — from youth activists to indigenous leaders, from smallholder farmers to scientists and CEOs – are invited to identify the most powerful ways to make food systems stronger and more equitable

These classic versions of dialogues about food systems are a foundation and source of inspiration for the Food Systems Summit Dialogues. 


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