A Better Food System for Every Child

The 2021 World Children’s Day was marked on November 20 under the theme A Better Future for Every Child and called on leaders to listen to the ideas and demands of children. Since 1990, World Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children's rights. The day is a moment for all of us to advocate, promote, and celebrate children’s rights and translate them into dialogues and actions to build a better world for children. As we continue to take bold actions to transform our food systems, we must ensure this transformation contributes to the welfare of children. Sustainable food systems must improve the nutritional status of children, particularly in the first 1000 days of their lives when proper nutrition is critical to children’s early development and impacts their future health and potential. 

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Climbing the Summit

The conversation about food has taken on a whole new meaning thanks to the UN Food Systems Summit. Food has always played a key role in our lives: from bringing family and friends together, to providing a source of income to millions of people, to shaping national and international policy. The importance of food can never be overstated. However, the discussion on food has usually been quite narrow and limited. Until recently, the idea of food only pointed to what we eat. The Summit has expanded the traditional idea of food to include the whole life cycle of getting what we eat from farm to table. 

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Fighting diabetes through access to healthy food

November 14 is World Diabetes Day and we commemorate it under the theme “Access to diabetes care”. The International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization began World Diabetes Day in 1991 in response to the growing health threat posed by diabetes. The date was chosen in honour of the birthday of Canadian Sir Frederick Banting, who jointly discovered insulin with Dr. Charles Best.

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Private Sector Collaboration for Resilient Food Systems

The Food Systems Summit held on September 23 climaxed the long-standing debate on food systems transformation. The wide-ranging and inclusive process leading to the Summit and the discussions were clear: transforming food systems was the best response to addressing food insecurity, food affordability, and food accessibility.

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A Renewed Commitment to Global Dialogue and Action

 

The 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level week was held over the period September 21 – 27, 2021 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Following the maiden virtual High-Level week, held in 2020 due to the COVID19 pandemic, this 76th session saw a return to in-person diplomacy, albeit on a much smaller scale. While the General Assembly opened up for Member States delegations at reduced numbers, some Member States opted to have video messages sent to the General Debate and a number of additional meetings were held virtually or in a hybrid format.

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World Food Prize winner collaborates with SAWBO to educate African sweet potato farmers

It will be an honour to moderate a roundtable on nutrition during the World Food Prize. So, it couldn’t be more fitting to see a client collaborate with a past winner. 

In arid regions in Africa, smallholder sweet potato farmers often struggle to store planting material for the next season. In response to this challenge, researchers of the International Potato Centre (CIP) developed the Triple S technique. Adopting this technique helped farmers have vines available to plant in the rainy season and led to increased yields. In order to propagate this information, Scientific Animation Without Borders partnered with CIP Principal Scientist and 2016 World Food Prize winner Dr Jan Low to animate this technique.

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Charting the Path to SDG2 on World Food Day

On 16 October the world will celebrate the 40th Annual World Food Day. This is a day meant to raise awareness to the growing number of hungry around the world, as well as celebrate the transformation of agri-food systems and positive steps to achieving SDG2, Zero Hunger. With more than 150 nations celebrating each year, World Food Day is one of the most popular UN holidays. 

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The Potential of Innovation for Biodiversity Conservation

The global authority on the status of the natural world, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), hosted the World Conservation Congress from September 3-11 in Marseille (France) to assess the state of the world’s natural resources and to discuss strategies and policies to promote nature conservation. 

According to the IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, the sixth mass extinction is accelerating, with more than one million species of animals and plants at risk of disappearing. Thousands of initiatives have been established globally to preserve many endangered species but more needs to be done to avoid a global disaster. 

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Our Contribution to Building Back a Better Food System for Africa

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.

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Resilient Trade Ecosystems for Improved Food Systems

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.

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