9th Annual Panel Meeting

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The Global Panel held its 9th annual meeting at St Georges, Windsor Castle in mid-February. Day one of the meeting updated Panel members on the progress and achievements of the last year and outlined plans for the next funding period. Highlights of achievements included working with; Nepal to support development of a monitoring and evaluation framework for food systems transformation; with Ghana reviewing a national food systems strategy and investment plan for 2023-27; and with Nigeria convening a workshop to address how to further develop their already successful aquatic food sector.

In April 2022, a Global Panel meeting resulted in the formation of a coalition of stakeholders, seeking to accelerate and support the transformation of food systems globally while addressing challenges on climate change, biodiversity, improving health through nutrition, and increasing equity.

In October 2022, the Global Panel launched the updated Food Systems Policy Handbook on how to improve food systems aimed at policy makers (but also valuable to technical experts, non-government organisations, civil society, the private sector, and academia).

The Global Panel maintained its international presence at summits, participating in the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) (now known as African Food Systems Forum), and the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). It engaged with the FAO Regional Office in Africa (FAORAF) to deliver a briefing on the foresight report “Future Food Systems for people, planet and prosperity” and discussed identifying ways to improve African food systems to provide universal access to sustainable healthy diets; and briefed the UK All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development on the technical paper, “Exploring Potential Benefits of Repurposing Agricultural Subsidies in sub-Saharan Africa”. Throughout the year the Global Panel published articles, press releases, and opinion editorials to promote its work and influence important events.

Day two of the meeting invited influential stakeholders from organisations supporting food systems transformation to discuss the transformation agenda and the potential for influencing key forthcoming international policy fora.