The evening of Friday, 10th September 2021 marked the culmination of an exciting week of intense conversations about creating resilient and sustainable food systems in Africa. With over 8300 participants including 150 in-person delegates in Nairobi and 4500 participants in the Deal Room, it was clear that building resilient food systems in Africa is a matter of urgency.
On July 6, the World Trade Organization Secretariat in collaboration with the United Nations Food Systems Summit organised a Global Summit Dialogue on Trade. During this event, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala highlighted the vital role trade plays in food security.
In light of this, on July 26th at the United Nations Pre-Summit, the Government of Brazil and The International Agri-Food Network organised an Affiliated Session with the support of private sector members such as the International Chamber of Commerce and the International Grain Trade Coalition.
From September 6 – 10, actors in the agricultural sector will gather to dialogue on how to change the status quo for Africa at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) 2021 Summit. All around the world, global leaders, researchers, heads of state, and several other stakeholders have noted with great concern the importance of food systems. This year also marks a period of recovery for the world after extensive lockdowns, high numbers in COVID-related deaths, and economic regression. In reflection of these key pathways, the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) has selected the theme “Pathways to recovery and resilient food systems”. Just like previous years, sessions and dialogues will be based on ten thematic areas including agri-investment & SME finance, youth employment in agriculture, and ag-tech & digitalization.
In October 2019, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced formally the holding of a Food Systems Summit (FSS) and a Pre-Summit by the United Nations. It was prescient as hunger continues to rise and global food stocks have been suffering from uneven supplies. Heading toward the Summit and beyond, there is much reason to be concerned that food prices will continue to rise and poverty is becoming more entrenched. These will exacerbate global inequities and insecurities. All countries are feeling the effects in some way, and the most vulnerable that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out to protect are more at risk.
Every September the world looks towards New York City where the annual High-Level General Debate at the United Nations is held, with optimism and hope that this global body can solve the many challenges humanity faces.
This year, once again, we look to the United Nations in September, with not just hope, but also with ambition; an ambition that is bold, an ambition inspired by the realization that the way we produce and consume food is unsustainable, and unless we act, and act now, we are certain to doom future generations to increased hunger and want. This is an ambition to create immediate change, that is transformative, resulting in a renewed food system that is equitable, sustainable, resilient, respects human rights, and ensures that everyone in the food and agriculture value chain will have a decent job with a dignified living income or wage. We nurture an ambition for a system where producers will receive their fair share and will no longer be among the world’s poorest people, and, where no one, anywhere in the world is left hungry.
The world came together on June 1 to celebrate the goodness of milk and all the people involved in the process of bringing it to us from farm to table. In 2001, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) designated June 1 as World Milk Day to raise awareness on how the dairy sector is contributing to the world’s economic development, livelihoods, nutrition and environmental sustainability. This year the focus was on sustainability, highlighting farmers and dairy organisations who are embracing technology to help create a low-carbon future for the industry.
The Prairie Oat Growers Association of Canada (POGA) is proud to announce the winners of the 7th Annual Oat Recipe Contest. The announcement took place on the eve of Canada Day in a virtual awards ceremony streamed on social media on Thursday, June 30, 2021.
For the second year in a row, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual General Meetings for the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) and the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) were held virtually.
Typically, the AGMs take place in Rome over the course of two days and include a series of bilaterals with individuals from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). In order to accommodate time zones and schedules, the AGMs took place from 1 June – 10 June 2021. In total, eight meetings took place over the course of the ten days, in addition to the 48th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS48) which took place 3–4 June. The Membership and the Secretariat were very busy in June!
The European Development Days (EDD) is organized by the European Commission. It is a conference that aims to provide the development community with a common platform each year to share ideas and experiences. New partnerships and innovative solutions are born through this event, thus providing answers to some global issues. This year, the European Development Days were organized virtually from June 15-16. For EDD 2021, the theme was “The Green Deal for a Sustainable Future”. The European Green Deal is the EU’s roadmap for a green and inclusive transition to help improve people’s well-being and secure a healthy planet for generations to come.
On June 4 2021, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) had their 48th special session. In the bid to take bold and transformational steps to move the world on to a sustainable and resilient path, the committee met to endorse the Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and other Innovative Approaches for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems that Enhance Food Security and Nutrition. Among the challenges is the fast-growing numbers of undernourished people in the world. It is estimated that 690 million people are suffering from chronic undernourishment, 135 million are faced with acute food insecurity, and 2 billion suffer from moderate food insecurity. Unsustainable agriculture and food systems are putting pressure on the world natural resources and, in addition, extreme poverty among the rural populations and COVID-19 remain a global threat to food security.