Is it time to rethink the future of global food systems? Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 820 million people were suffering from hunger as a result of the impacts of climate change, conflict, poverty and, in 2020, locust plagues devastating harvests in dozens of countries.
The global health outbreak has compounded these issues making food insecurity one of the most significant aftershocks of the COVID crisis. But addressing food insecurity is complicated by the rising recognition of the need to address the triple burden of undernutrition, malnutrition and obesity. Moreover, ensuring sustainable and nutritious food systems must be done equitably.
The panel discusses questions such as:
What solutions are needed to simultaneously accelerate innovation in food systems and address the structural barriers constraining these systems’ ability to deliver sustainable and equitable livelihoods?
What’s at stake if this is not achieved?
How can policies that seek to transform food systems better recognize the role of indigenous peoples, women and other marginalized groups within food systems and natural resource management?
And what have been the hurdles to pursuing a coherent and coordinated multisectoral approach so far and how can these be overcome?
Taking place during the election period for the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s next president, this event offers the audience an opportunity to question the leaders of major international institutions in line with Chatham House’s second century goal of promoting accountable and inclusive governance.
As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.