23 September 2021
“We believe in a world where healthy, sustainable and inclusive food systems, allow people and planet to thrive. It is a world without poverty or hunger, a world of inclusive growth, environmental sustainability, and social justice. It is a resilient world where no one is left behind.” -- Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit
In 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a Food Systems Summit to raise global awareness and land global commitments and actions that transform food systems to resolve not only hunger, but to reduce diet-related disease and heal the planet. The Secretary General is calling for collective action of all citizens to radically change the way we produce, process, and consume food.
The Summit will build on the many existing global events and platforms and the resulting agreements, commitments, and collaborative actions. Preparations for the Summit will seek to discover synergy between the multiple regional and national initiatives and alliances that already exist or are forming to support the transformation of food systems. The Summit will deliberately look to draw evidence and knowledge from these efforts to inform the Summit’s global ideas and recommendations.
Five action tracks have been created to help drive progress across the food system:
- Ensure Access to Safe and Nutritious Food for All
- Shift to Sustainable Consumption Patterns
- Boost Nature Positive Production at sufficient scale
- Advance Equitable Livelihoods
- Build Resilience to Vulnerabilities, Shocks and Stress
Dr Agnes Kalibata of Rwanda was appointed as the Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit. She has been President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) since 2014, where she leads the organisation’s efforts with public and private partners to ensure a food secure and prosperous Africa through rapid, inclusive, sustainable agricultural growth, improving the productivity and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers in Africa.
As Special Envoy, she will engage with the Member States of the United Nations and other stakeholders to establish agile and innovative consultations, including regional and national consultations. The preparatory process will engage civil society, farmers, indigenous peoples, governments, the private sector, research institutions, think tanks, and implementing agencies. The Summit will look to individuals and communities who have the most to gain or lose from the way our food systems function for their valuable insight and direction. Learn more about building sustainable food systems in the video message below from Dr Agnes Kalibata.