Food Policy Forum for Change
JOIN US IN TRANSFORMING FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS THROUGH A SPECIALIZED FORUM FOR POLICY MAKERS
Join an interactive network of policy makers interested in making our food systems sustainable in the face of current global challenges. Through this network you will have the opportunity to meet, learn and get inspired by other policy makers via peer-to-peer exchanges. Share your experiences, get to know the evidence and receive targeted support that can boost your achievements and the design of effective policies in your own transformative processes at the national and subnational level.
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Official launch: second week of October 2020
WHO CAN JOIN?
Policy makers and official advisors in relevant ministries, departments, commissions etc., at national and subnational levels in the agriculture, nutrition, rural development, environment, finance and planning sectors.
Both the policy forum and peer to peer exchanges are open to policy makers worldwide. Nevertheless, we are particularly interested in engaging policy makers in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.
GET SUPPORT TO DEVELOP EFFECTIVE POLICIES THAT TRANSFORM FOOD SYSTEMS
Participate actively in this policy forum through peer-to-peer exchanges, consisting of face-to-face, on-line and informal meetings. The exchanges will focus on relevant themes like increasing the resilience of food systems in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
Join a community of policy makers engaged or interested in transforming food systems through novel integrative approaches. This policy forum will provide access to community driven coaching, regional and international champions, experts, case studies, tools and evidence.
The forum will focus on integrative policies that emphasize long-term productivity, greater resource-use efficiency, enhanced ecological functions, improved resilience, soil restoration/protection, biodiversity promotion, improved rural livelihoods, and equity and social well-being.
WHY SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE? HOW WILL YOU BENEFIT?
WHY IS ACTION NEEDED?
Agriculture and food systems urgently need to change if we want to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The need for swift action has been heightened by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, which has revealed major vulnerabilities in our food systems and supply chains. These weaknesses will be exacerbated in the face of climate change and population growth.
More and more governments are exploring approaches that can substantially contribute to the transformations urgently needed to shape sustainable food systems. Such approaches should be underpinned by integrative policies that emphasize greater resource-use efficiency, ensure long-term productivity, enhance ecological functions, improve resilience, restore degraded soils, promote biodiversity, improve rural livelihoods, and increase equity and social well-being.
There is a rapidly increasing number of evidence-based and convincing examples of effective and successful practices and policies based on these principles. We now need to connect efforts in order to learn from each other, as well as share and validate experiences, so that we can enhance co-operations in transforming food systems.
The challenges imposed by climate change, the current pandemic and the call for social change are creating momentum to reshape and revise food and agricultural policies across the world. This has the potential to enhance the resilience and sustainability of food systems. We want to support this process and build upon it.
These activities are part of the initiative “Coherent policies for transforming food and agricultural systems – a peer to peer exchange among policy makers” led by a consortium of prominent organizations in the fields of sustainable food systems and support to agricultural policy processes: Biovision Foundation, IFOAM – Organics International and the Millennium Institute, with support from FAO. The initiative is financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).