Podcast with Joachim von Braun on TABLE – the global platform for knowledge synthesis, for reflective, critical thinking and for inclusive dialogue on debates about the future of food

The former Chair of the Scientific Group for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, lays out the importance of an inclusive process and multi-disciplinary scientific collaboration to meet the calls for food system transformation. Dr von Braun joins us to talk about his experience as Chair, what he sees as the successes of the summit, and what work remains to be done. We also discuss who should be involved in knowledge production and how, and we hear his thoughts on whether we should create an Intergovernmental Panel for Food (not unlike the IPCC) that would have the power to work towards scientific consensus on food system issues.

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Africa-Americas Ministerial Summit on Agrifood Systems

Africa and Latin America followed up to the UN Food Systems Summit with a significant Africa-Americas Ministerial Summit on Agrifood Systems. The conference was co-organized by AGRA and IICA.

Press releases (Spanish, English and Portuguese versions) are available at
https://iicaint-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/randall_cordero_iica_int/EYTZZ6ZFb35NqSiYdPm1eUIBxkS9sJFpTMiMA_DFn2MUPw?e=fudfRa

Prof. Joachim von Braun gave an opening key note on “A Vision on Agriculture and Food Systems Transformation –Opportunities for LAC & Africa Cooperation”, drawing on the work by the Scientific Group for the UN FSS (PPT attached).

Presentation at British Parliament

Joachim von Braun gave a presentation at the British Parliament on “The global food crisis: implications for agriculture in Africa” to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development (AgDev) on Monday 18th July 2022. The meeting was chaired by Lord Cameron of Dilligton.

To respond to the crisis, von Braun outlined 10 short-term and 10 medium-term priorities for action, including market and trade policy, nutrition programs, and technological innovations, as well as peace and security actions.

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Ireland acts upon UN Food Systems Summit

Ireland follows up on the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 with an ambitious “Food Vision 2030 – A World Leader in Sustainable Food Systems”. This is Ireland’s Strategy for the agri-food sector for the coming decade.

The strategy was launched on June 3 2022 in Dublin with speeches by

  • Minister Martin Heydon opening address to Research and Innovation Sustainable Food Systems
  • Professor Joachim von Braun – Food Systems Thinking for Research and Innovation the UN Food Systems Summit
  • Chief Scientist with FAO Professor Ismahane Elouafi addressing global challenges in our food systems
  • Tom Arnold reporting of the High-Level EU Committee

See the Videos: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine – YouTube And slides Slides: gov.ie – Research & Innovation for Sustainable Food Systems: Delivering on the Ambition of Food Vision 2030 event Friday 3rd June 2022 (www.gov.ie)

Follow up to UNFSS in Asia

Joachim von Braun gave a presentation in the webinar on “Asia and the Pacific Regional Dialogue on Science and Technology for a Sustainable Food System: Role of Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy for Transforming Food Systems in Asia-Pacific and around the World” on June 16, 2022.

Joachim von Braun’s theme was “Key insights from the Food Systems Summit that are highly relevant for policymakers and for the general public at large”.  The PPT is attached.

This event by Office of National Higher Education Science Research, and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO) aimed to describe the role of STI in transforming the food system as well as to highlight the importance of cooperation among partners in the Asia and the Pacific region and around the world through knowledge sharing sessions to develop STI approaches for achieving sustainable food systems as part of actions to end hunger, achieve food security, and improve nutrition by 2030. In Thailand, the Bio-Circular-Green Economy (BCG) model has been introduced as a model for inclusive and sustainable growth. It is a growth model perceived to enable the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the promotion of sustainable agriculture, clean energy and responsible consumption and production, ensuring the conservation and sustainable utilization of biodiversity, and protecting the environment and ecosystem.

In addition, this event was part of a seminar series of Asia and the Pacific Regional Dialogue on Science and Technology for a Sustainable Food System. Conclusions reached in this session will be presented at the APEC Tech to Biz which will be held in Bangkok during 10-12 October 2022.

Please have a look at the presentation files from the guest speakers and video recording of the event:

Lecture Series on “Global and National Perspectives on Food System and Human Nutrition” from May 18 to 20, 2022

In celebration of UPLB Institute of Human Nutrition and Food (IHNF)’s 34th Anniversary, a lecture series on Global and National Perspectives on Food System and Human Nutrition will be held on May 18-20, 2022. Recorded presentations of discussants/lecturers may be viewed from the IHNF social media platforms to be broadcasted from 7am on May 18 to 11:59pm on May 20 only.

We invite all viewers to send their questions pertaining to the presentations through GForms at https://forms.gle/jE6BvrqqouPbWTcFA

All questions shall be presented to the discussants during the live panel discussion on May 23 at 5pm, which will be broadcasted via the IHNF social media platforms. Attendees will receive certificates upon submission of their evaluation form.

IHNF Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/UPLBIHNF
IHNF YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPZHcFsceywGwY-A4SF26Aw

Register by using the link below to join the live open forum on May 23, 2022 – 5pm.
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ZEF Policy Brief “Speculation risks in food commodity markets in the context of the 2022 price spikes ‐ Implications for policy”

by Lukas Kornher, Joachim von Braun, and Bernardina Algieri, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn

In the context of the current food systems disruption due to Covid and Russian war in Ukraine, the share of speculative market activity in agricultural commodities has already increased since the end of 2020.

When market uncertainties remain high or increase due to war, discretionary trade policies, and climate shocks, this also increases the risk that excessive food speculation will further soar prices.

A mix of policy instruments should be considered that include: information and diagnostics, coordinated trade and stock release policies, strengthened regulation of food commodity futures, encouraging voluntary non-speculative behavior, and investment in de-risking food systems.

» Download ZEF Policy Brief no. 40

ZEF Policy Brief “G7 Development Assistance for Food Systems to Lift 500 Million People out of Hunger by 2030”

by Lukas Kornher, Heike Baumüller and Joachim von Braun, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn

SUMMARY

  • The G7 countries made a commitment in 2015 at Elmau to lift 500 million people out of hunger and malnutrition by 2030.
  • Living up to this commitment requires policy reforms, innovations, and development finance. This policy brief focuses on development aid finance needed to come near to the G7 commitment.
  • Taking into account current aid flows to food systems improvements, the G7 countries would need to increase their current ODA spending on food systems by about US$ 14 billion per annum until 2030 on top of the emergency aid to cope with the acute food crises of 2022 resulting from the Covid-19 crisis and consequences of conflicts (including the Russian war in Ukraine).
  • The majority of G7 countries, except France and Germany, have fallen short of the needed scaling of development aid for food systems.
  • The upcoming G7 meeting Elmau II in 2022 offers the opportunity to add concrete funding targets to the commitment made in 2015. This policy brief identifies how G7 members might contribute to filling the financing gap for investments to lift 500 million people out of hunger and malnutrition by 2030:
    • The G7 countries would need to spend 0.08 percent of their Gross National Income (GNI) per annum on food systems aid to secure the total required annual funding of US$ 31.7 billion per annum.
    • Considering current spending on food systems of US$ 17.7 billion, G7 countries would need to increase spending by 0.036 percent of their GNI to reach the required additional US$ 14 billion per annum.
    • Providing a basis for G7 policy considerations, the calculations show the implications of two alternative options for sharing the required spending among the G7 countries.

Download ZEF Policy Brief here.

Policy Brief “Achieving the G7 Elmau Commitment in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Climate Change”

by Joachim von Braun (Center for Development Research), Maximo Torero Cullen (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), David Laborde (International Food Policy Research Institute), Jaron Porciello (Cornell University), and Carin Smaller (International Institute for Sustainable Development)

KEY MESSAGES

  • Hunger levels are rising as a result of worsening conflict, economic downturns from COVID-19, the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather-related events, high food prices, and inflation.
  • The need for immediate assistance to respond to the current crises and longer-term investments to address the fundamentals of poverty and low performance in agriculture and food systems are key challenges that need to be addressed in order to end global hunger by 2030.
  • Since the G7 Elmau commitment to lift 500 million people out of hunger and malnutrition in 2015, G7 countries have increased their spending on emergency food assistance but have not increased spending for longer-term investments in agriculture and food security.
  • For the G7 to meet the Elmau commitment together with other development partners, they need to mobilize an additional USD 14 billion per year on average until 2030, on top of current spending.

Read policy brief here.