IAFN Updates

"As the world continues to face the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis is hitting the poorest harder and continues to exacerbate pre-existing inequalities. So far, about 55% of people who have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine are from high income countries, whereas in some regions progress is below 1% and there is concern over the pace of the rollout. Meanwhile, the virus seems to be spreading more to rural areas. All this poses serious threats, as poor countries might face constraints in funding measures in support of the most vulnerable. In view of these challenges, it is critical to step up efforts towards an adequate standard of living, including health, food, and water, for the well-being of all people, and in so doing, to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

UN Food Systems Summit Producer Public Forums were held on 5 and 7 May.  Summaries are here on the website, with recordings of each session also available on YouTube: Asia and Oceania Time Zones ; North and South America Time Zones; Africa and Europe Time Zones.

CHICAGO – May 6, 2021 – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today launched the first annual Seeding The Future Global Food Systems Challenge, an initiative which seeks to inspire and support passionate, creative, diverse and multidisciplinary teams of innovators, scientists and engineers to create game-changing innovations that will help transform our food systems. 

In preparation for the upcoming 2021 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) IAFN has submitted a response to the presented guiding questions. These questions are on the topic of the HLPD Thematic Review Expert Group Meeting Session on SDG2. You can read IAFN's full responses and key messages in the document below. 

On 28 April the UN Global Compact recently hosted an independent Food Systems Summit dialogue entitled "Powering the Seaweed Revolution for Transformational Change in our Food System." It was an exciting event that called on everyone to become sea vegetable ambassadors! The below images were released as an overview of the event. 

As the Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition were approved during CFS47 in February, they have recently released a two page informational. This document helps to breakdown the focus areas of the Guidelines and ways in which they can be used. You can read the full document here. 

This article was originally posted by Solutions from the Land

In its ongoing effort to ensure that the voice of U.S. farmers, ranchers and forestland owners is being heard in food system discussions that are continuously taking place on the world stage, Solutions from the Land (SfL) and a group of collaborating agricultural organizations this week held a "dialogue" for producers, who shared their experiences, insight and recommendations in anticipation UN Food Systems Summit (FSS) expected to be held this fall. Those who actually work the land and forests have been woefully underrepresented in the global negotiations, a shortfall that SfL has been working to overcome. Perhaps the clearest and most-important result of the dialogue was evidence that the farmer voice is essential in development of food and agriculture policy. Food-system success is inseparable from farmer success. Farmers make the investments and bear the risks of each year’s production. They are directly responsible for food products and are often the ones affected by hunger and malnutrition worldwide. These points lead to a singular conclusion: farmer success equals food system success.

You can read the full article here. 

This article was originally published by the United Nations here.

Wednesday 17 March, ROME - The United Nations and the Government of Italy announced today that the Pre-Summit gathering for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit will be in Rome, Italy from July 19 to July 21, 2021.

This article was originally published by FAO here: https://bit.ly/3vabeG8 

The inter-Agency writing team of the 2021 edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) invites you to share best practices and lessons learned in what it takes – in very practical and innovative ways – to transform food systems for better access to nutritious foods and affordable healthy diets.

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