Current food systems exacerbate climate change and biodiversity loss, and are likely to cause pandemics, and intensify global hunger and socio-economic crises. At the same time they are fragile and lack resilience – as recent system shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine made painfully clear – leaving food producers, consumers, and other stakeholders across food systems vulnerable to food and nutrition insecurity and deepening poverty. To prepare for current and future challenges, we must transform food systems towards resilience as well as food and nutrition security for all – in a way that provides strong economic, social, cultural, and ecological foundations for future generations.
This day will explore the types of food system shocks the world should prepare for as well as specific characteristics of food systems that can withstand such shocks. You will hear about solutions, including: providing consumers with sustainable alternatives to their favorite foods (e.g., alternative proteins); changing production practices and diversification of production sources (e.g., urban farming, vertical farming, supporting smallholder farmer resilience and transitions); tying trade, agriculture, climate, and security priorities together.
A special focus on farmers and innovators at the center of the change, creating solutions for resilient food systems for tomorrow that can withstand climate shock and crises.
- Adapting to a hotter more unstable world
- Solutions for mitigating and adapting to climate change, and how it can help ensure food security
- Food systems transformation: Tackling water scarcity, nature loss, food security and climate
- Future food: the need for scientific break-throughs and game-changing solutions
- Nature-based solutions for resilience: helping farmers adapt