4th December - Thematic Day


4th December - Thematic Day


Thematic Day Hosts:

ACCELERATE innovation across food systems

INNOV-EAT: ‘Thinking outside the plate for a resilient food systems future’

9.30–10.30 +4 GMT

LEADING by Doing: INNOV-EAT – The ‘little things’ for a systemic food transformation

The LEADING by Doing: INNOV-EAT session aims to explore innovative approaches to transforming food systems in Africa, with a special focus on Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia. The session will feature distinguished ministerial speakers actively involved in driving sustainable, resilient, and equitable food systems.

This session will delve into the challenges faced by farmers in these countries, identify key obstacles, and present actionable solutions through policy reform, digital agriculture, solar irrigation, and enhanced implementation strategies at the subnational level.

11.00–12.00 +4 GMT

Bundling Private Sector Innovation and Climate Action, Together: Strategies and Lessons for Collaboration

This interactive session will delve deep into the dynamic landscape of private sector role in accelerating climate action within food systems. By focusing on innovation, sustainability, and collaboration, the session aims to explore the challenges, opportunities, and trade-offs faced by private-sector entities in shaping a more sustainable, nutritious, and resilient food system.

12.30–13.30 +4 GMT

Innovation at Scale for Climate-Smart Food Systems

When coupled with climate-smart and regenerative practices, emerging technologies and innovations in ag-tech and food-tech have the potential to make our food systems part of the solution to address the climate and biodiversity loss crises.

What bold actions, partnerships and investments can help the world transition towards innovative food systems that bolster mitigation and adaptation strategies?

14.00–15.00 +4 GMT

Innovating financial incentives for nature and climate-positive food systems

This session aims to showcase current efforts around PES mechanisms and their potential in transforming food systems on a global scale. Thereby, main challenges of such mechanisms will be addressed to improve the delivery to smallholder farmers, ultimately providing more benefits for the planet. 

15.30–16.30 +4 GMT

Nurturing equitable food systems through innovation for farmers and youth

This interactive side-event aims to bridge the gap between farmers and youth by exploring how technology can empower both communities and create a more inclusive agricultural landscape.

17.00–18.00 +4 GMT

Trading for Tomorrow – Ensuring food systems trade contributes to a successful response to the climate crisis

This session will delve into the nexus of global trade, innovation, and sustainable agriculture. The discussion will serve as a call to action for those engaged in various dimensions of international food systems. It will explore the sustainability hurdles and opportunities within the trade system. From a transformed approach to farm subsidies to ground-breaking sustainability standards and circular agricultural practices, the session will examine the policy interventions needed to spur transformative change in our food systems and positive action to address climate change. Our goal is to foster creative thinking and collaborative action, inspiring a future where global trade not only sustains economies but nurtures our planet, ensuring a vibrant, biodiverse tomorrow.

18.30–19.30 +4 GMT

Food security and drought relief through sprout farming initiative in the refugee camp Sustainable Sprout Farming: Nourishing resilience in refugee camps

In the face of escalating climate challenges and the pressing need for sustainable solutions, our session at COP28 will spotlight a groundbreaking initiative: ‘Climate-Resilient Sprout Farming: Empowering Refugees.’ This transformative project not only addresses food security in refugee camps but also serves as a powerful climate action strategy. Through innovative sprout farming techniques, we aim to build resilience, mitigate the impact of drought, and contribute to a more sustainable and adaptive future. In this session we will explore the need  of nutritious nutrients for refugees and host communities around with the main focus on children under   5 years. We will explore the process of sprouting. It benefits in the refugee camp where people are living in a semi arid area with a small cultivating space, less accommodative climate to normal agriculture.

The audience will have time to ask more questions to better understand the sprouting process and how they can get involved.