FSS Briefs by Partners of Scientific Group

“Food Systems Summit Briefs” are invited papers by the Scientific Group in support of the Summit agenda setting.

These papers are typically contributed by researchers from partners of the Scientific Group after partnership has been agreed by Scientific Group Leadership (Chair and Vice Chairs). The papers are authored by researchers in the Partner organizations. Members of the Scientific Group may serve as co-authors.


“Food Systems Summit Briefs” in cooperation with the Scientific Group for the UN Food Systems Summit (preliminary list, continuously being updated, May 3, 2021)


A. Modelling Food Systems Transformations

The Bioeconomy and Food Systems Transformation
by Eduardo Trigo, Hugo Chavarria, Carl Pray, Stuart J. Smyth, Agustin Torroba, Justus Wesseler, David Zilberman, Juan F. Martinez (February, 17, 2021)

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The Transition Steps Needed to Transform Our Food Systems
by Patrick Webb, Derek J. Flynn, Niamh M. Kelly, and Sandy M. Thomas on behalf of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (April 26, 2021)

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B. Science, Technology, and Innovation Actions

The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation for Transforming Food Systems Globally
by Robin Fears, Claudia Canales (April 2021)

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Leveraging data, models & farming innovation to prevent, prepare for & manage pest incursions: Delivering a pest risk service for low-income countries
by Taylor, B; Tonnang, HEZ; Beale, T; Holland, W; Oronje, M; Abdel-Rahman, EM; Onyango, D., Finegold, C; Zhu, J; Pozzi, S, Murphy, ST (April 15, 2021)

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Food Systems Innovation Hubs in Low-and-Middle-Income Countries
by Kalpana Beesabathuni, Sufia Askari, Madhavika Bajoria, Martin Bloem, Breda Gavin-Smith, Hamid Hamirani, Klaus Kraemer, Priyanka Kumari, Srujith Lingala, Anne Milan, Puja Tshering, Kesso Gabrielle van Zutphen, Kris Woltering (March 26, 2021)

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A New Paradigm for Plant Nutrition
by Achim Dobermann, Tom Bruulsema, Ismail Cakmak, Bruno Gerard, Kaushik Majumdar, Michael McLaughlin, Pytrik Reidsma, Bernard Vanlauwe, Lini Wollenberg, Fusuo Zhang, Xin Zhang (February 10, 2021) doi.org/10.48565/SCFSS2021-HG5

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C. Actions for Equity, Inclusiveness and Nutrition and Health

Marginal areas and indigenous people – Priorities for research and action
by Sayed Azam-Ali, Hayatullah Ahmadzai, Dhrupad Choudhury, Ee Von Goh, Ebrahim Jahanshiri, Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi, Alessandro Meschinelli, Albert Thembinkosi Modi, Nhamo Nhamo, Abidemi Olutayo (April 5, 2021)

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The Future of Small Farms: Innovations for Inclusive Transformation
by Xinshen Diao, Thomas Reardon, Adam Kennedy, Ruth S. DeFries, Jawoo Koo, Bart Minten, Hiroyuki Takeshima, and Philip Thornton (April 2021)

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Secondary Cities as Catalysts for Nutritious Diets in Low- And Middle-Income Countries
by Kesso Gabrielle van Zutphen, Dominique Barjolle, Sophie van den Berg, Breda Gavin-Smith, Klaus Kraemer, Capucine Musard, Helen Prytherch, Johan Six, Simon Winter, Kris Woltering (April 2021)

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Fruits and vegetables for healthy diets: Priorities for food system research and action
by Jody Harris, Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters, Stepha McMullin, Babar Bajwa, Ilse de Jager, and Inge D. Brouwer (March 2021)

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Safeguarding and using Fruit and Vegetable Biodiversity
by Maarten van Zonneveld, Gayle M. Volk, M. Ehsan Dulloo, Roeland Kindt, Sean Mayes, Marcela Quintero, Dhrupad Choudhury, Enoch G. Achigan-Dako, Luigi Guarino (April 2021)

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Addressing Food Crises in Violent Conflicts
by Birgit Kemmerling, Conrad Schetter, Lars Wirkus (April 2021)

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COVID-19 and Food Systems: Rebuilding for Resilience
by Patrick Webb, Derek J. Flynn, Niamh M. Kelly, Sandy M. Thomas, and Tim G. Benton on behalf of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (May 2021)

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In the age of pandemics, connecting food systems and health: a Global One Health approach
by Gebbiena M. Bron, J. Joukje Siebenga, Louise O. Fresco (February 15, 2021)

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D. Actions for Sustainable Resource Use and Foresight

Water for Food Systems and Nutrition
by Claudia Ringler, Mure Agbonlahor, Kaleab Baye, Jennie Barron, Mohsin Hafeez, Jan Lundqvist, J.V. Meenakshi, Lyla Mehta, Dawit Mekonnen, Franz Rojas-Ortuste, Aliya Tankibayeva, Stefan Uhlenbrook May 2021)

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Crop Diversity, its Conservation and Use for Better Food Systems. The Crop Trust Perspective
by Stefan Schmitz, Rodrigo Barrios, Hannes Dempewolf, Luigi Guarino, Charlotte Lusti, Janet Muir (April 2021)

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Reduction of Food Loss and Waste – The Challenges and Conclusions for Actions
Findings and Recommendations for Actions of an international Conference by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences with the Rockefeller Foundation
by Joachim von Braun, Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo and Roy Steiner (February 15, 2021)

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The Vital Roles of Blue Foods in the Global Food System
by Jim Leape, Fiorenza Micheli, Michelle Tigchelaar, Edward H. Allison, Xavier Basurto, Abigail Bennett, Simon R. Bush, Ling Cao, Beatrice Crona, Fabrice DeClerck, Jessica Fanzo, Jessica A. Gephart, Stefan Gelcich, Christopher D. Golden, Christina C. Hicks, Avinash Kishore, J. Zachary Koehn, David C. Little, Rosamond L. Naylor, Elizabeth R. Selig, Rebecca E. Short, U. Rashid Sumaila, Shakuntala H. Thilsted, Max Troell, Colette C.C. Wabnitz (April 15, 2021)

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E. Investment, Finance, Trade and Governance actions

Ending Hunger by 2030 – policy actions and costs
by Joachim von Braun, Bezawit Beyene Chichaibelu, Maximo Torero Cullen, David Laborde, Carin Smaller (March 4, 2021; reprint from Oct.13, 2020)

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F. Actions in Regions and Countries

Policy options for food systems transformation in Africa – from the perspective of African universities and think tanks
by Fadi Abdelradi, Assefa Admassie, John Asafu Adjaye, Miltone Ayieko, Ousmane Badiane, Katrin Glatzel, Sheryl Hendriks, Mame Samba Mbaye, Fatima Ezzahra Mengoub, Racha Ramadan, Tolulope Olofinbiyi, Simbarashe Sibanda (April 2021)

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The Role of Science, Technology, and Innovation for Transforming Food Systems in Africa
by Sheryl L. Hendriks, Endashaw Bekele, Thameur Chaibi, Mohamed Hassan, Douglas W. Miano and John H. Muyonga (April 2021)

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The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation for Transforming Food Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean
by Elizabeth Hodson de Jaramillo, Eduardo J. Trigo and Rosario Campos (April 2021)

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The Role of Science, Technology, and Innovation for Transforming Food Systems in Asia
by Paul J Moughan, Daniel A Chamovitz, S Ayyappan, Morakot Tanticharoen, Krishan Lal, Yoo Hang Kim (April 2021)

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The Role of Science, Technology, and Innovation for Transforming Food Systems in Europe
by Claudia Canales, Robin Fears (April 2021)

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Transforming Chinese Food Systems for both Human and Planetary Health
by Shenggen Fan, Jikun Huang, Fusuo Zhang, Wenhua Zhao, Hongyuan Song, Fengying Nie, Yu Sheng, Jinxia Wang, Jieying Bi and Wenfeng Cong (April 18, 2021)

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Key Areas of the Agricultural Science – Development in Russia in the Context of Global Trends and Challenges
by a Group of Russian Scientific Experts under the Supervision of the Institute of Agricultural Research of the Higher School of Economics (April 2021)

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Food System in India. Challenges, Performance and Promise
by Ashok Gulati, Raj Paroda, Sanjiv Puri, D. Narain, Anil Ghanwat (March 30, 2021)

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