CFS46 Side Event – Maximising the impact of N4G 2020: What more can be done to transform our failing food systems?

Cfs46 Side Event

On Tuesday 15th October, at the 46th Committee on World Food Security in Rome, The Global Panel will be participating in a side event entitled – Maximising the impact of the Nutrition for Growth Summit in Japan in 2020: What more can be done to transform our failing food systems?

The Nutrition for Growth Summit hosted by the Japanese Government in 2020, provides an opportunity for governments, donors, civil society and the private sector to make renewed commitments to accelerate the objectives of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition and the SDGs. This side event aims to draw attention to the current status of food systems and nutrition, and what needs to be done.

One in three people globally is malnourished, and trends predict that this number will soon grow to one in two people if we continue with business as usual. At the same time global warming is likely to increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels between 2030 and 2052 (IPCC, 2018). Our current food systems are failing: they are not nourishing people and, at the same time, they are major contributors to climate change. What can global nutrition actors do to support governments and contribute to the transformation into food systems that are healthy and sustainable? How can we develop actionable, coherent and consistent recommendations to address food insecurity and malnutrition in a sustainable way?

This side event will provide an update on food systems and nutrition, where we currently are and what more needs to be done in view of the Nutrition for Growth Summit in Japan in 2020 and in the context of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition and Agenda 2030. It will provide an overview of the upcoming N4G Summit and the potential commitments towards achieving nutrition goals. Speakers will provide insights into the current state of global food systems as well as country analyses.

The event has been organised in collaboration with DFID, FAO – ESN, Netherlands, Japan, and the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN). Alongside the organising members, the event will also include speakers from the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health in Ethiopia, and the National Planning Authority in Uganda.

Join us in the FAO Red Room at 1800 Tuesday 15th October and join the discussion.