Selected significant science-related Food Systems Summit Dialogues

All Food Systems Summit Dialogues:

Upcoming Events

UN Ocean Conference
In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the co-hosts of the Conference Portugal and Kenya in consultation with President of the General Assembly have concluded that the UN Ocean Conference cannot take place in 2021. In his briefing given to UN Member States on 21/1/21, the President of the General Assembly referred to the “need to maintain momentum on the implementation of SDG14,” saying that in this regard he was planning “to organise a High-Level event in the Summer of 2021, together with Portugal and Kenya, and with the support of the SG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean”. The President said that this meeting (likely in hybrid format) will be held “with a view to keeping momentum towards the 2nd UN Ocean Conference, which will take place next year in Lisbon as soon as public health conditions allow.”


Past Events

29 NOVEMBER – 3 DECEMBER 2021 (Daegu, Korea)
IWRA World Water Congress
Organizer: The International Water Resources Association – IWRA
IWRA organises and supports international water congresses and events related to advancing water resources knowledge, policy and management around the world. Since 1973, IWRA has held a World Water Congress every three years in various locations around the world. The objective of the World Water Congress is to provide a meeting place to share experiences, promote discussion, and to present new knowledge, research results and new developments in the field of water sciences around the world.

31 OCTOBER to 12 NOVEMBER 2021 (Glasgow, UK)
UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26)
Organizer: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – UNFCCC
The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC, originally scheduled from 9-19 November 2020, in Glasgow, UK, will take place from 1-12 November 2021.

11 – 24 OCTOBER 2021 (Kunming, China)
UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 15)
The UN Biodiversity Conference was originally scheduled to take place from 15-28 October 2020, in Kunming, China, but was postponed on 23 March 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. On 15 July 2020, the CBD announced the meeting would take place from 17-30 May 2021. However, on 18 March 2021 the CBD Secretariat updated parties that the meetings will take place instead from 11-24 October 2021, in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.

7 SEPTEMBER 2021 from 09:00 to 9 SEPTEMBER 16:00 GMT+2 (online)
Space applications for food systems
The 2021 UN/Austria Symposium “Space Applications for Food Systems” will bring together academia, scientists, entrepreneurs and many others to discuss and demonstrate how space data and applications support food systems. The event will include an Independent Dialogue of the Food Systems Summit.

3 to 11 SEPTEMBER 2021 (Marseille, France)
IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020
Organizer: The International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the French government have agreed to hold the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 from 3 to 11 September 2021 in Marseille. The different Congress components will take place on the following dates: • The Forum will take place from 4 to 7 September • The Exhibition will be held from 4 to 9 September • The IUCN Members’ Assembly will meet from 8 to 10 September • The Nature Generation Areas, or “Espaces Générations Nature”, will be running from 4 to 11 September.

18 JULY 2021 from 14:00 to 16:00 GMT+2 (online)
Youth-led dialogue on inclusive and accessible technological and innovative support in the transformation to regenerative and sustainable food systems.
Our current food system is in desperate need of a transformation, one that requires a multi-sector and multi-stakeholder approach and in which partnership is crucial. It faces many problems, including environmental (soil damaging), social (exclusion, poverty), health (labor), and economic (injustice, fair prices). In many countries, people still work far below average payment in harsh environments.

14 JULY 2021 from 16:00 to 18:00 GMT+2 (online)
Food Waste in the DACH region and beyond – connecting academic’s and practitioner’s views
In this UN food systems dialogue, we will discuss for example the following topics in groups: The role of national, regional and international institutions (e.g. government) to promote less food waste; Food loss vs food waste – how to use more; The role of consumers themselves vs the role of supermarkets/suppliers and how to interact; Current food trends and food waste – where are synergies?; Entrepreneurial experiences – food waste as a business case; Framing and communications – food waste as a consensual topic; Challenges in the hospitality sector; Social perspectives on food waste

13 JULY 2021 from 00:00 to 16th July 02:00 GMT+2 (online)
Empowering Youth Food System Leaders
On the evenings of July 13th & 15th the York Region Youth Food Committee is hosting a two-part Independent Dialogue focused on the role of youth in the food system. Youth from York Region, the Greater Toronto Region (GTA) and across Canada and the World are invited to attend. The discussions of our dialogues will focus on Food Justice and Sustainability in the food system.

8 JULY 2021 from 17:00 to 19:00 GMT+2 (in-person, Davis, CA, USA)
Innovations in Horticultural Value Chains
Improved availability and access to fruits & vegetables; Improved Post-Harvest Management Practices/Tools for reductions in food loss

7 JULY 2021 from 17:00 GMT+2 (online)
Innovations for Social Protection
(1) Asset Building and Graduation Programs: Case Study of Kenya’s Boma Project, (2) Shock-Responsive Social Protection: Case Study from Kenya’s Hunger Safety Net Program

7 JULY 2021 from 16:00 to 18:30 GMT+2 (online)
Plant-based innovation and the just transition to better diets
Increasing the proportion of plant-based food people eat is one of the crucial steps towards more sustainable, healthy diets – with huge excitement, investment and momentum around plant-based innovation in Europe and the US. However, that innovation is not necessarily well-aligned with ensuring that nutritious, sustainable food is widely affordable, accessible and desirable to a wide range of people and communities. As it stands, plant-based innovation is not delivering sustainable nutrition for all.

6 to 12 JULY 2021 (Sydney, Australia)
24th ICID International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage and the 72st International Executive Council meeting
Organizer: Irrigation Australia Limited (IAL), International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)
The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), established in 1950 is a leading scientific, technical, and professional not-for-profit international organization working in the field of irrigation, drainage, and flood management. The main mission is to promote ‘Sustainable agriculture water management’ to achieve ‘A water secure world free of poverty and hunger through sustainable rural development’. The membership of the Commission consists 78 countries organized under the departments responsible for irrigation, drainage or agricultural water management.

6 JULY 2021 from 17:00 to 19:00 GMT+2 (online)
Innovations for Women’s Empowerment
Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) and other tools for assessing women’s empowerment and action to improve outcomes.

5 JULY 2021 from 16:00 to 18:30 GMT+2 (online)
Malabo Montpellier Forum: Policy innovations for food systems transformation in Africa
The Malabo Montpellier Forum, which meets twice each year is supported technically by the Malabo Montpellier Panel, which brings together 17 leading experts in agriculture, ecology, nutrition, and food security. It is hosted by AKADEMIYA2063 with headquarters in Kigali, in collaboration with ZEF at the University of Bonn and Imperial College London.

2 JULY 2021 from 14:00 to 16:00 GMT+2 (online)
“Strengthening local food systems towards food secure and healthy communities.”- A Youth perspective.
The dialogue’s conference focus will be on (1) Empowering indigenous communities to embrace modern food systems, (2) Engaging the youths as active participants in food system transformation, (3) Creating resilient financing models for equitable livelihoods, (4) Agri-nutrition (Smart farming practices for safe and nutritious foods), (5) Reducing or dealing with food losses at every stage of the food supply chain.

2 JULY 2021 from 02:00 to 04:00 GMT+2 (online)
The role of nutrition science in transforming to healthy and sustainable food systems
This UN Food Systems Summit Dialogue aims to discuss key issues in nutrition science and explore how nutrition research can contribute to global food system transformation. This is a unique opportunity to engage in an active dialogue on key sustainability issues, while contributing to a global discussion to shape food system transformation.

1 JULY 2021 from 07:00 to 12:30 GMT+2 (online)
CGIAR independent food system dialogue understanding food systems in the context of Vietnam
The dialogue will discuss 5 themes: Track 1: Ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all; Track 2: Shift to sustainable consumption patterns; Track 3: Boost nature-positive production; Track 4: Advance equitable livelihoods; Track 5: Build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stress

30 JUNE 2021 from 17:00 to 19:00 GMT+2 (online)
Solutions Rooted in Food and Social Innovation (A Summary of Outcomes)
Over the past 3 months, SGM partnered with our community to convene 5 dialogues across 5 UN Food System Summit Action Tracks. Each dialogue spoke to a different theme centered around outcomes towards a more sustainable and equitable food system. Join us as we bring it all together to connect the dots across all dialogues that will help us shift the narrative towards sustainable systems — across all stakeholders of the system.

30 JUNE 2021 from 16:00 to 18:00 GMT+2 (online)
Using Data for Food Systems Transformation
This two-part dialogue will first convene stakeholders: the private sector, government agencies, and other practitioners to discuss challenges and evidence gaps in monitoring and evaluation for food systems transformation. The second dialogue will convene researchers and scientists to discuss those identified gaps, areas for elaboration in research, and how to ensure systems-level monitoring and evaluation.

29 JUNE 2021 from 19:00 to 21:30 GMT+2 (online)
From Soil Health to Soil Wealth: Accelerating Regenerative Agriculture for a Resource-Positive Future
As more companies establish regenerative agriculture goals for their supply chains as a solution to reverse nature loss and combat climate change, our industry is working to support farmers in scaling these practices from niche to norm. This Cross-Sector Dialogue will build a shared understanding about how sustainable, regenerative and conservation agriculture systems intersect while exploring mechanisms to accelerate resource-positive outcomes.

25 JUNE 2021 from 05:30 to 11:00 GMT+2 (in-person, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
Roundtable with Youth on Innovations in Agriculture in the Kyrgyz Republic
Kyrgyz Republic is a country where the agricultural sector accounts for about 24% of GDP and where 65% of the population lives in rural areas. According to recent reports, about 11% of young people would like to be involved in agriculture, but do not know how to do it properly. In this regard, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Regional Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, will hold an interactive round table for young people to open a dialogue and listen to young people in innovative areas in the field of agriculture.

24 JUNE 2021 from 01:00 to 02:15 GMT+2 (online)
Plant-based strategies for human and planetary health
We will be discussing the importance of plant-based strategies for human and planetary health with Dr. Kathleen Kevany and guest speaker Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, M.P., Beaches-East York.

16 JUNE 2021 from 17:30 to 19:30 GMT+2 (online)
Innovation to Transform our Food Systems: The Contribution of AgriFoodTech
As a contribution to the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021, we will held an Independent Dialogue featuring 5 Food Tech founders from this year’s Food Tech 500. Join us as we showcase 2020’s definitive list of the most inspirational businesses in the world of Agri-Food Tech, and deep-dive into the amazing entrepreneurial talent behind these companies and how they are contributing to the transformation of our food system.

16 JUNE 2021 from 16:00 to 18:30 GMT+2 (online)
True Cost of Food – Accessibility to Sustainable & Healthy Diets for Everyone
In this UN Food System Summit millennial dialogue, we discuss and explore: What is the role for (smallholder) farmers, businesses, and retailers further up in the food chains, governments/authorities, and consumers to achieve a more inclusive and just food production system? Which role can or should specifically the younger generations play within their organisations to make this happen? What are the biggest barriers for the different stakeholders to commit to these fair and sustainable practices? Could a ‘true cost’ food system, in which social and environmental costs are included, provide a global solution to unjust and unsustainable practices? How do we make sure all actors prioritise and commit to these environmental, social and human values, in a universal collaboration?

16 JUNE 2021 from 11:00 to 14:00 GMT+2 (online)
The Microbiome — improving health, food systems and economic prosperity [Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit]
As part of the Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit, APC Microbiome Ireland are convening a UN Food Systems Dialogue discussing the interface of food and health. Attention has grown in recent years to the role of microbiome and biotechnology research in achieving societal challenges, specifically the SDGs. The microbiomes are the predominant form of life on the planet, in both numbers and total biomass. They can be found in and on the human body, on land and sea – even within the most hostile environments incompatible with most forms of life. It is increasingly apparent that microbes provide ecosystems services that are crucial to local and global sustainability.

8 JUNE 2021 from 05:00 to 07:30 GMT+2 (in-person, Brisbane QLD, Australia)
Achieving healthy diets from sustainable food systems by 2030 – what science, innovation, and actions are needed in Australia?
The Dialogue will provide an opportunity for interactive discussion among diverse stakeholders to discuss, debate and identify possible food system futures and the science, innovation, and actions needed by key stakeholders, as they relate to Australia.

8 JUNE 2021 02:00 to 11:00 GMT+2 (online)
Organic Agriculture for Sustainable and Resilient Community Food Systems e-Dialogue
This e-dialogue/consultation shall discuss knowledge and experiences to mainstream the contributions of organic agriculture towards sustainable resilient community food systems that ultimately shall contribute to the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

1 JUNE 2021 from 16:00 to 19:00 GMT+2 (online)
Youth as food systems actors and transformers: Global voices for inclusion
Owing to predominance of agriculture in the economies of the global south, food systems will have to play a bigger role in expanding meaningful opportunities for the youth including providing fulfilling job opportunities. As the food systems in the global south especially in Africa are experiencing progressive transformation and the relative fast growth.

31 MAY 2021 from 16:00 to 18:30 GMT+2 (online)
Integrating Indigenous Knowledge with Emerging Technologies to Enhance Sustainability and Resilience of Food System
Indigenous Peoples see the Food Systems Summit as an opportunity to contribute to the Summit goal which is to achieve inclusive and sustainable food systems. Indigenous Peoples possess ancestral knowledge about cultivation, production and processing of food and conservation of diverse crop varieties that has proven to be resilient and in tune with the nature, and it is an opportunity to integrate this knowledge with emerging technologies.

31 MAY 2021 from 15:00 to 17:00 GMT+2 (online)
University Policy Dialogue, Strengthening Food Systems in Africa (North Africa)
Positioning food systems to address the future challenges and opportunities will require a transformation in how Africa particularly thinks about future goals and interventions to improve the performance of its food systems. From the onset, there must be a transformation in the food system focus beyond producing sufficient quantity of food to achieving four interlinked outcomes: (i) remunerative jobs and better agribusinesses; (ii) affordability and accessibility for food security; (iii) nutritious, diverse, quality and safe food; and (iv) sustainable, resilient agriculture and food systems.

31 MAY 2021 from 14:00 to 16:00 GMT+2 (online)
Food for All: Food conflicts and the future of food systems
In light of the upcoming 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, the Holy See Secretariat of State, the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to FAO, IFAD & WFP, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and the Vatican COVID-19 Commission alongside its partners working in food security, will launch a series of webinars entitled Food for Life, Food Justice, Food for All.

28 MAY 2021 from 16:00 to 19:00 GMT+2 (online)
Can innovative financing advance livelihoods while building resilience for small-scale producers in Central America?
This Independent Food Systems Summit Dialogue will enrich the canvas of perspectives on how innovative financing can achieve equitable livelihoods in food systems, with an emphasis on small–scale producers. The dialogue will welcome and encourage diverse stakeholders in Central American food systems to engage in discussion around the ways that innovative financing can be leveraged to create more accessible and equitable market opportunities for key actors within food systems.

28 MAY 2021 from 14:30 to 17:00 GMT+2 (online)
Food from the ocean, rivers and lakes – essential for our food systems
This event is both part of the Virtual Ocean Dialogues and a Global Dialogue for the UN Food System Summit. It is being co-convened by Special Envoy of the Food System Summit Dr. Kalibata, Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson, FOA, UN Foundation, and Norway.

27 MAY 2021 from 15:00 to 17:00 GMT+2 (online)
University – Policy Dialogue for Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems in Africa
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) a network of 130 universities in 38 African countries,, is reaching out to agri-food sector stakeholders for dialogue to generate solutions to advance high-priority food systems with commitment at the highest national policy and regional levels.

27 MAY 2021 from 04:00 to 28 MAY 10:00 GMT+2 (online)
Youth For Future of Indonesia Food System
Improving a food system that is just, resilient and sovereign in the future requires breakthroughs, innovation, and smart work. This is very possible for young people who work as young farmers or in other sectors that intersect with food. Going forward, young people will become the leaders in changing the food system. But unfortunately, their voices are often never heard or made an important part. Through the momentum of this food system summit, the voices of young people, both young farmers, and others need to be heard and made important.

26 MAY 2021 from 14:00 to 16:00 GMT+2 (online)
The Role of Biobased Agricultural Solutions in Food Systems Transformation
Bioprotection Global (BPG) considers that the bioprotection industry (and biobased inputs* industry in general) does not have the visibility that it deserves in consideration to the potential added value that it can (and in some sectors and geographies is already delivering) to the agri-food systems including the primary production sector, the consumers, society and nature at large.

21 MAY 2021 from 15:00 to 17:00 GMT+2 (online)
University – Policy Dialogue for Strengthening Food Systems in Africa (Central Africa)
Positioning food systems to address the future challenges and opportunities will require a transformation in how Africa particularly thinks about future goals and interventions to improve the performance of its food systems. From the onset, there must be a transformation in the food system focus beyond producing sufficient quantity of food to achieving four interlinked outcomes: (i) remunerative jobs and better agribusinesses; (ii) affordability and accessibility for food security; (iii) nutritious, diverse, quality and safe food; and (iv) sustainable, resilient agriculture and food systems.

20 MAY 2021 from 15:00 to 18:00 GMT+2 (online)
Vice Chancellors Forum: Towards a Common Voice from African Universities to the UN Food Systems Summit 2021
RUFORUM Vice-Chancellors agree that the strategies, priority actions and targets for monitoring and evaluating progress in food systems transformation in Africa must be co-designed and co-owned. African universities working in partnership with local, national and international partners and civil society, while keeping in mind the ambitions of governments. All citizens must benefit especially smallholder producers, fishers, livestock keepers, SMES, rural communities, women and youth.

20 MAY 2021 from 12:00 to 14:00 GMT+2 (online)
Traditional and Indigenous Foods for Food Systems Transformation in Africa
This dialogue recognizes the important role that traditional and indigenous food and food systems can play in fostering positive food system transformation for Africa. Discussions will be based around current contextual issues, innovative and game-changing solutions to transform food systems in Africa. The dialogue will elicit information that can inform the UNFSS process on the important role traditional and indigenous foods have played and can play in African food systems transformation.

19 MAY 2021 from 15:00 to 17:30 GMT+2 (online)
The evolving role of an effective Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System (AKIS) within a sustainable food system

19 MAY 2021 from 14:00 to 15:00 GMT+2 (online)
Innovation in Farming to Create a Sustainable Food System
This event is a UN Food Systems Summit Indpendat Dialogue, created by young people to engage young people. The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Strategic Plan 2023 – 2027 aims to strengthen the socio-economic fabric of rural areas. The Plan also aims to attract young farmers and foster innovation and digitalisation in agriculture and rural areas.

18 MAY 2021 from 15:00 to 17:30 GMT+2 (online)
The role of livestock in developing a sustainable food system

18 MAY 2021 from 14:00 to 15:15 GMT+2 (online)
Global launch of the youth act4food act4change campaign in support of goodfood4all
This event will mark the global launch of the initiative Youth Act4Food Act4Change campaign. In the event, the youth champions will introduce the pledge, the website, get live signatures, explain the idea behind Act4Food Act4Change GoodFood4All. Explain how in practice the pledge and the Act4Change will work giving concrete examples. Provide an interactive session to answer queries from the audience.

18 MAY 2021 from 08:00 to 10:00 GMT+2 (online)
Breaking Silos: Transforming Agricultural Education and Research toward Sustainable Food Systems in Southeast Asia
In support of the Summit, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is convening an Independent Dialogue on 18 May 2021 to discuss the transformations needed in education and research for higher education institutions in the region to achieve the desired goals.

13 MAY 2021 from 04:00 to 06:00 GMT+2 (online)
Food systems dialogues with school-age children and adolescents
Engaging children and adolescents meaningfully in this process acknowledges that young people can be both recipients and active participants of food system transformation. In the buildup to the Summit, UNICEF will lead a country-level food system dialogues with school-age children and adolescents, which represents a huge opportunity to unpack food systems for and with children.

10 MAY 2021 from 16:00 to 18:30 GMT+2 (online)
La bioeconomía y la transformación de los sistemas alimentarios de América Latina y el Caribe (ALC)
En conjunto con el Consorcio Internacional de Investigación en Biotecnología Agrícola (ICABR por sus siglas en inglés), el Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura (IICA) organiza este diálogo en el marco del proceso de la UN Food System Summit para discutir sobre el potencial de la bioeconomía para la transformación de los sistemas alimentarios de ALC, y construir participativamente la agenda de políticas, estrategias e inversiones requeridas para su aprovechamiento y promoción.

8 MAY 2021 from 18:30 to 20:15 GMT+2 (online)
Accelerating Adoption of Technology, IOT, and Industry 5.0 approaches to climate smart and resilient agriculture development in the Caribbean
This dialogue will examine how players in the food system ecosystem can accelerate the adoption of the Internet of Things and Technology that support enhancing the sustainability, resilience and innovation of the food system ecosystem in the Caribbean. Participants shall also examine issues contributing to the digital divide and strategies that can be executed now to begin creating a more sustainable and resilient food system by 2930.

6 MAY 2021 from 19:00 to 21:00 GMT+2 (online)
Youth Leaders for Food Systems Transformations
Are you interested in shaping the change towards a world where everyone has access to healthy and sustainable food? Join Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and McGill University’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on May 6th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm for a pan-Canadian, youth-led UN Food Systems Summit Dialogue.

4 MAY 2021 from 16:00 to 18:00 GMT+2 (online)
Integrating blue food into the UN Food Systems Summit agenda
The Blue Food Assessment, a partnership with Stanford University, EAT and Stockholm Resilience Centre, along with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is collaborating with global, national and local partners in a series of thematic dialogues on blue foods. Collectively the dialogues will advance the discussions and contribute to the Summit.

4 MAY 2021 from 15:00 to 17:45 GMT+2 (online)
UN Food Systems Summit Global Youth Dialogue – Good Food For All
Gathering youth voices from around the world, the Global Youth Dialogue invites a curated group of 100 youth for a discussion on the future of our food systems. It aims to gather and discuss ideas around food systems for all as well as trigger a series of conversations thereafter to drive local action. The conversations will serve as a direct input into the Summit through the Summit Dialogue process.

29 APRIL 2021 from 14:00 to 16:00 GMT+2 (online)
Using systems thinking to change the “Rules of the game” in South Africa’s food system
This dialogue will bring together stakeholders across various sectors to discuss how we use systems thinking to change the ‘rules of the game’. Topics will include but not limited to, agricultural policy, accessibility to affordable and nutritious food, leveraging technology and the use systems thinking.

28 APRIL 2021 from 14:00 to 23:45 GMT+2 (online)
Powering the Seaweed Revolution as a game changer for our Food System
The seaweed industry is on the cusp of a transformational moment. Twelve thousand years of agriculture has left little space on land to meet the needs of a growing population. In our oceans, the combined pressure of global warming, pollution and overexploitation has left ecosystems in desperate need of repair. Hunger. Malnutrition. Poverty. The climate crisis. Seaweed can help humanity face up to the seemingly intractable challenges of our time, while unlocking an inclusive source of income for communities around the world.

27 APRIL 2021 from 14:00 to 16:30 GMT+2 (online)
Water: the game changer for food systems
This Global Dialogue will explore the fundamental inter-connections between food systems and water systems, and their relations to other areas fundamental to the Sustainable Development Goals, such as energy, climate, and the environment.

27 APRIL 2021 from 14:00 to 16:00 GMT+2 (online)
Act Now for transformation in agricultural innovation
This Independent Food Systems Summit Dialogue (FSSD) will enrich the canvas of perspectives on how food systems can be transformed for a climate-smart future. It will open up space for dialogue on a new Action Agenda for Change developed by CCAFS, and allow stakeholders the opportunity to pledge their support to a global campaign on agricultural innovation, co-chaired by CCAFS and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

27 APRIL 2021 from 12:00 to 13.45 GMT+2 (online)
Nigeria UN Food Systems Summit Youth Dialogue 2021
Nigeria UN Food Systems Summit Youth Dialogue is aimed at bringing together youth leaders and youth led organisations in the Nigerian agri-food business sector to highlight the critical roles and contributions of young people in building a sustainable and equitable food systems for all.

21 APRIL 2021 from 07:00 to 13:30 GMT+2 (online)
Role of Water-Energy-Food Nexus for achieving food security in a changing climate for Pakistan
Please join us for an Independent Dialogue convened by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and partners to discuss water-energy-food (WEF) nexus approaches to achieve food systems transformation in Pakistan. Insights emerging from this national, multi-stakeholder forum will be presented to the United Nations Food System Summit (UNFSS) in September 2021.

20 APRIL 2021 from 16:00 to 17:00 GMT+2 (online)
Launch Event: The Circular Economy Action Agenda for Food
In February 2021, the Platform to Accelerate the Circular Economy (PACE), Resonance, and a global network of business, government, and civil society leaders launched the Circular Economy Action Agenda. The Action Agenda for Food lays out three overarching objectives: (1) food is produced in ways that regenerate nature, (2) food isn’t lost or wasted, and (3) commonly wasted resources are used productively.

19 APRIL 2021 from 16:00 to 18:00 GMT+2 (online)
Integrating blue food evidence and policy into global food system transformation
The Blue Food Assessment, a partnership with Stanford University, EAT and Stockholm Resilience Centre, is collaborating with global, national and local partners in a series of thematic dialogues on blue foods. Collectively the dialogues will advance the discussions and contribute to the Summit by: 1. identifying, reviewing and filling important gaps in our understanding of the role of aquatic foods in global food systems now and in the future. 2. informing and propeling change in the policies and practices that will shape decisions which impact the future of food.

19 APRIL 2021 from 13:00 to 15:30 GMT+2 (online)
The Role of Water Security for Food Systems Transformation
This Independent Dialogue convened in partnership between the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) will discuss the Role of Water Security for Food Systems Transformation in Egypt.

16 APRIL 2021 from 01:00 to 03:00 GMT+2 (online)
Food Systems, A Multi-Disciplinary Examination
This dialogue will be largely a university student-driven event with input and guidance from a cross section of university faculty in order to bring a multidisciplinary approach to the examination of food systems. Discussions will focus on both the five designated action tracks plus related cross-cutting themes.

15 APRIL 2021 from 14:00 to 15:30 GMT+2 (online)
Youth-Led Solutions to Enhancing the Resilience of Africa’s Food Systems
Dialogue Objective: Identifying Youth-led solutions to enhancing resilient youth businesses to support Africa’s food systems.

15 APRIL 2021 from 11:00 to 13:30 GMT+2 (online)
UNFSS Independent Dialogue: Advancing Water- Energy- Food (WEF) Nexus approaches to achieve food systems transformation in Central Asia
Expected key outcome of this dialogue would be getting involved and sharing the views of Central Asian stakeholders on sustainable irrigated foods systems transformation and importance of WEF nexus under climate uncertainties.

13 APRIL 2021 from 13:00 to 16:00 GMT+2 (online)
Managing the water and energy we eat: advancing water-energy-food (WEF) nexus approaches to achieve food systems transformation in Southern Africa
Join us for an Independent Dialogue convened by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and partners to discuss water-energy-food (WEF) nexus approaches to achieve food systems transformation in Southern Africa, in a regional multi-stakeholder forum, the output of which will be presented to the United Nations Food System Summit (UNFSS). This dialogue will unpack how food systems can be localized and transformed in a water-constrained region such as Southern Africa in a manner that acknowledges WEF nexus linkages and promotes regional trade.

1 APRIL 2021 from 04:00 to 06:30 GMT+2 (online)
A Roadmap for Action for the Prevention of Child Wasting in Cambodia
The child wasting situation in Cambodia, priorities for actions to prevent child wasting, feedback on the draft plan from key Ministries, feedback from other stakeholders (donors, civil society, private sector, youth), points for action

1 APRIL 2021 from 14:00 to 16:00 GMT+2 (online)
Enabling Agricultural Trade; An Independent United Nations Food Systems Summit Dialogue by WTO
The aim of the WTO Trade Dialogues on Food is to create a conversation around the role of international trade in food security. The Trade Dialogues on Food invite experts from governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses, academia, think tanks and foundations, to debate the most topical issues in food trade.

30 MARCH 2021 from 09:30 to 11:30 GMT+2 (online)
Ensuring Access to Safe and Nutritious Food for All in Rwanda: What game changing actions should be implemented for increased availability and accessibility of safe and nutritious foods?
Among others, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) intend to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture production. The dialogue aims to identify challenges and gaps as well as game changing solutions that ensure all people at all times have access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious and safe food for nourishment and health.

30 MARCH 2021 from 07:00 to 11:00 GMT+2 (in-person, Seoul)
First National Dialogue for Sustainable Food Systems in the Republic of Korea
In the 1st national dialogue, the flow will be as follows: introduction of the UN FSS; National Food Plan being discussed until now; result of survey on food systems awareness; Discussion on (1) what is Food Systems? (2) what is the most important thing in sustainable food systems? (3) what we should discuss in next dialogues?

29 MARCH 2021 from 18:30 to 20:00 GMT+2 (online)
Arab Regional Food Systems Dialogue
In preparation for the 2021 Food Systems Summit, the regional UN agencies and AOAD are organizing are organizing an Arab Regional Food Systems Dialogue for a diverse range of stakeholders to consolidate regional views, perspectives and experiences regarding pathways and actions for equitable and sustainable food systems transformation in the Arab region to be held on March 29.

29 MARCH 2021 from 09:00 to 12:15 GMT+2 (online)
Food Systems Dialogue: Towards Equitable Food Systems
The first Swedish global dialogue, Towards Equitable Food Systems, will discuss inequalities in today’s food systems with a special focus on youth and indigenous populations.

26 MARCH 2021 from 14:00 to 15:30 GMT+2 (online)
Access to Safe and Nutritious Food towards Zero Hunger in Africa – A Youth Perspective
The objective of this African Food Systems Dialogue is to: 1. Create an enabling platform for the Youth in Africa to address the issues of agro-chemicals on our foods. 2. Engage on Culinary recipes for traditional African food- promoting traditional African food which is healthy and nutritious.

25 MARCH 2021 from 15:00 to 18:00 GMT+2 (online)
Alliances for Action: Caribbean Food Systems
Bottom up perspectives in the Caribbean for building food systems centred in local access to food and nutrition adequacy, reducing import bill and adapting to climate change

23 MARCH 2021 from 04:00 to 07:30 GMT+2 (in-person)
Farmer-Led, Science-Based Greenhouse Gas Mitigation: Strategies for Australia and Abroad
The Crawford Fund together with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) are hosting this Dialogue to explore innovative practices making a difference. Diverse stakeholders will come together to highlight exactly what farmers can do, and are doing, to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. These innovative practices are making a difference and provide strategies that could be implemented across Australia and around the world.

23 MARCH 2021 from 09:00 to 12:00 GMT+2 (online)
Swiss National Food Systems Summit Dialogue “From challenges to actions”
Within the framework of Food Systems Summit Dialogues, Switzerland launches a three-stage national multi-stakeholder dialogue to shape pathways towards sustainable food systems by 2030. This first workshop will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to address the issues – challenges, potential, but also vulnerabilities – of their food systems, and offer a platform to discuss concrete actions to support the transformation of food systems in Switzerland.

10 MARCH 2021 from 09:00 to 11:00 GMT+2 (online)
The voice of youth in strengthening food systems for sustainable development
A youth viewpoint for the vision, roadmap and tools for achieving sustainable food systems in Cambodia.

9 MARCH 2021 from 10:00 to 14:49 GMT+2 (online)
Strengthening African Agricultural Research for Development Systems – One Africa Voice
Africa remains severely challenged in its quest to keep the citizenry food secure bi 2030. To meet this laudable objective, the transformation of Africa’s agricultural systems is imperative in the light of the pressing need of the achievement of SDG 2 “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” by 2030. Moreover, these goals are to be attained in contexts of counteracting factors, notably climate change, COVID-19, conflicts, and pest outbreaks.

4 MARCH 2021 from 07:30 to 12:30 GMT+2 (online)
Towards Sustainable Food Systems
The Dialogue meeting is opened by Dr Jaana Husu-Kallio, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry together with Ms Elina Kalkku, State Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There will be four introductory speeches: 1) on the FSS, 2) on the systems approach to food analysis, 3) on the European Policy Response to Food Systems and 4) on how Finland can contribute to Global Food Systems development.
The meeting is then divided into five working groups, according to the Action Tracks. The WGs will discuss 1) the strengths and weaknesses of the national food system, 2) how to improve the national food system on the way to 2030 and 3) what do we have to showcase for the global audience.
The WG chairs report on the discussion to the plenary session. A synthesis and the way forward is outlined by the curator.

1 to 5 MARCH 2021 (virtual)
World Ocean Summit Virtual Week 2021
The 2021 agenda will deliver fresh, robust, and action-oriented insights into creating a sustainable ocean economy. The virtual week offers the opportunity to access highly curated content and the chance to make meaningful connections no matter where you are in the world.

25 to 26 FEBRUARY 2021 14:39 GMT+2 (online)
Primer Diálogo Nacional de Guatemala de cara a la Cumbre de Sistemas Alimentarios 2021
Member State Dialogue

23 February 2021 from 10:00 to 15:00 GMT+2 (online)
Nigeria National Food Systems Dialogues
Ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) convened by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and scheduled to hold in September 2021, the Government of Nigeria is set to roll out the National Food Systems Dialogues (NFSD) across the country.

16 FEBRUARY 2021 (Webinar)
Strengthening the African Agricultural Research and Development for an Improved Africa Food System
Within the context of the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa and the CAADP-XP4 institutions, the FARA-led coalition is working with the Science Group of the United Nation Food System Summit. This event is a virtual 2-prong dialogues convened in the context of the UN-FSSD. The goal is to bring together all stakeholders of the One Africa Voice on Agricultural Research for Development and use this as the basis for stimulating awareness at the highest possible level within the context of the Food System Summit.
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12 to 13 FEBRUARY 2021 from 16:30 to 01:00 (virtual)
Financing Food Systems & Nutrition Transformation
United Nations Food Systems Summit Dialogues offer a purposeful and organized forum for stakeholders to come together to share their roles in food systems, consider their impacts on others and find new ways to come together in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.
With engagement from financial institutions, foundations, and investors, and entrepreneurs, this multi-stakeholder dialogue will identify and discuss the top barriers to private capital investments in nutrition, as well as explore and develop new solutions for increasing the capital investments across the food system. Participants will discuss the need for innovative financial products, prioritizing nutrition impact as well as how to achieve adequate financial return.

9 FEBRUARY 2021 from 10:00 to 11:30 GMT+2 (virtual)
Making Food systems Equitable: An African Dialogue on Gender and Food Systems
This dialogue is one in a series of regional dialogues to discuss how we can achieve the triple goal of gender equality, sustainable and healthy food systems. It will bring together scientists, farmers and farmer organizations, policy makers, consumers, private sector and others to discuss and share solutions on guaranteeing land rights for women, rural women’s economic empowerment, women’s voice and decision making in food systems, bridging the gender technology gap and more.

25 to 26 JANUARY 2021 (virtual)
Climate Adaptation Summit 2021
CAS convened global leaders and local stakeholders. It saw the launch of a comprehensive Adaptation Action Agenda, setting out clear commitments to deliver concrete new endeavours and partnerships to make our world more resilient to the effects of climate change.