Evidence for inclusive and equitable food system transformation
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Food systems transformation for rural prosperity
21 July 2021
14:00 to 15:00 CEST
In this pre-Food System Summit session, we will take a close look at the challenges food systems are facing, the key drivers of change and the potential game changing solutions. The discussion will be around the work conducted for the preparation of IFAD's Rural Development Report (RDR). This year's RDR, produced by IFAD and WUR, will focus on food systems transformation for rural prosperity and will be published in September 2021.
The RDR promotes equitable livelihoods for rural people since they are front and centre in transforming food systems, alongside the need to improve nutrition and protect the environment. The global need for more nutritious food, ecosystem services and a carbon economy also offers the potential for new and innovative livelihood opportunities. The RDR also delivers evidence and facts that go back to the 1960s when food systems have transformed our world unrecognizably. Since then, the global agricultural output has risen enormously. Food systems are failing to provide decent livelihoods for many of those who work within them. Yield growth and falling food prices have been accompanied by unsustainable environmental degradation and a focus on calories rather than balanced nutrition has led to poor diets. Against this backdrop, the RDR takes a deep look at the opportunities – and inevitable challenges – for transforming food systems and assesses the implications for and rural poverty.
IFAD and Wageningen University & Research
Moderator - Romina Cavatassi, IFAD
Introduction - Jim Woodhill, AgrifoodNexus
Food production and key emerging issues for inclusivity and equitability (Ken Giller, WUR)
Food consumption and diet (Inge Brouwer, WUR)
Governance (Joost Guijt, WUR)
Panel discussion: Drivers, dilemmas and directions for change: the emerging evidence on inclusive food systems transformation