Science and Innovation for Food Systems

Serving People and Planet

Monday 26 July 2021, 12:00 – 13:30 CEST

Session organizer: Scientific Group for the UN Food Systems Summit

The session presents the science, including social sciences and natural sciences, for food systems transformation that supports the objectives of the UN Food Systems Summit. Advanced and emerging sciences as well as traditional knowledge are considered. We scrutinize propositions, draw attention to conflicting agendas, and seek synergies based on the best peer-reviewed science, successful examples at national and local levels, and quantitative model findings at global levels.


Prof. Joachim von Braun, Chair, Food Systems Summit Scientific Group
Dr. Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, nature

Opening: Joachim von Braun
Opening: Magdalena Skipper

Block 1: Bio-Science, Digital Sciences and Agronomy Innovations

Moderating: Magdalena Skipper

This segment will focus on innovations at the frontiers of science for food systems in the areas of bio-, digital and agronomy sciences. Is will take stock of the important new and emerging innovations in these fields and discuss how to put them effectively to work to transform food system, how potential risks and unintended consequences can be minimized and what ethical considerations need to be taken into account.

Prof. Louise O. Fresco, Vice Chair of the Scientific Group, President of the Executive Board, Wageningen University & Research
Prof. Elizabeth Hodson de Jaramillo, Professor Emeritus School of Sciences of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, and member of Inter American Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS)
Dr. Lee Recht, Head of Sustainability, Aleph Farms
H.E. Sergey V. Vershinin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation
Dr. Manuel Otero, Director-General, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

A comment on Block 1: Magdalena Skipper
A comment on Block 1: Joachim von Braun

Block 2: Science Serving End Hunger and Safe and Nutritious Food for All

Moderating: Joachim von Braun

This segment will focus on technological, institutional and policy innovations to eliminate hunger, malnutrition and poverty and to ensure availability, affordability, and uptake of nutritious foods. What are the innovations from the frontiers of natural, applied, economic and the social sciences that hold promise for improving productivity, reducing inefficiencies in resource distribution and empowering marginalized and excluded communities and groups?

Dr. Kaosar Afsana, Vice Chair of the Scientific Group, Professor Public Health, BRAC University
Dr. Claudia Sadoff, Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact of the CGIAR System Organization (CGIAR)
Ms. Marije Beens, Vice Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Netherlands
Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director, Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission
Ms. Polina Shulbaeva, Coordinator for IIFB, CBD process

A comment on Block 2: Joachim von Braun
A comment on Block 2: Magdalena Skipper

Block 3: Science and Institutional Innovations for Food Systems Sustainability

Moderating: Magdalena Skipper

The segment will focus on the scientific, policy and institutional innovations that can most effectively deliver sustainable food systems that are climate-neutral or climate-positive, regenerative, and protect biodiversity and the environment. What are the institutional, policy and technological innovations for sustainable harvesting of natural resources, sustainable agricultural practices, and sustainable consumption patterns?

Prof. Mohamed Hassan, Vice Chair of the Scientific Group, President of The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS)
Prof. Thomas W. Hertel, Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University and Executive Director of the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP)
H.E. Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, European Commission
Ms. Geraldine Matchett, Co-CEO and CFO, Royal DSM
Ms. Su Kahumbu Stephanou, Founder and CEO, iCow

A comment on Block 3: Magdalena Skipper
A comment on Block 3: Joachim von Braun

Closing remarks: Magdalena Skipper
Closing remarks: Joachim von Braun

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