Bold Actions for Food as a Force for Good

23–24 November 2020

Food is why we’re all here. It sustains life. It represents history and years of tradition, culture and art. It spreads joy and brings us together.

At the heart of our food systems is a beautiful and complex intersection of activities with billions of livelihoods dependent on it.

But if we are to feed 10 billion people within planetary boundaries, the way the world produces and consumes food needs to change.

Every stakeholder – from farmers to producers, to scientists, to retailers, to investors, to manufacturers, to processors, to consumers – has a pivotal role to create healthier, equitable, inclusive and more sustainable food systems.

With the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals deadline fast approaching and the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis has further exposed the vulnerabilities in food systems - highlighting the insecurity of rural livelihoods, the tragedy of food loss and waste and stark inequities in access to healthy food.

The UN Food Systems Summit (FSS) in Fall 2021 presents a unique opportunity to bring together all stakeholders from across and related to the food value chains to address these challenges and unlock barriers to food systems transformation.

By working collectively to define “what” a positive food future looks like and “how” to achieve it, we can ensure that the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 signals a ‘turning point in history’ and helps catalyze the partnerships, policy changes, financial solutions, and innovations that will create long-lasting impact at grassroots and global level.

To accelerate the agenda, the virtual pre-event Bold Action for Food as Force for Good will mobilize multistakeholder action in pursuit of this future. The pre-event has 3 aims:

  • To agree on an initial set of bold actions & science-based principles to change the food system, to be adopted between now and the UN Food Systems Summit 2021
  • To identify a set of scalable, ‘game changer’ initiatives to achieve a sustainable food system; and to agree on the partnerships, funding and innovation hubs needed to implement these and accelerate their global scale-up in the run-up to the UN Food Systems Summit 2021
  • To create a global network of leaders at all levels to drive transformative change for sustainable food systems and involve the next generation

This joint-partner organized event is co-led by the World Economic Forum, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Farmers Organization, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Unilever, PepsiCo, Royal DSM, Rabobank, One Young World, Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Wageningen University & Research, and the Government of The Netherlands.

Peter Bakker
President and Chief Executive Officer, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Theo De Jager
Chairman, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
Louise Fresco
President, Wageningen University & Research
Lawrence Haddad
Executive Director, GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition)
Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo
Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO)
David Jones
Founder, One Young World
Alan Jope
Sigrid Kaag
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Netherlands, Ministry of Finance of the Netherlands
Ramon Laguarta
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo Inc.
Geraldine Matchett
Dariush Mozaffarian
Distinguished Professor and Jean Mayer Professor of Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University

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