Minister Staghouwer and NFP acknowledge importance of collaborative action to foster global food systems resilience

Global food security is severely at risk as a result of the impact of multiple global crises: the war in Ukraine, climate change, and covid-19. Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Henk Staghouwer explored the opportunities for the Netherlands to sustainably address these risks in a meeting with Netherlands Food Partnership’s (NFP) Executive Director Myrtille Danse and Supervisory Board Chair Suzanne van Tilburg.

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NFP Executive Director Myrtille Danse, Minister Staghouwer, NFP Supervisory Board Chair Suzanne van Tilburg

They jointly acknowledged that NFP has a strong role to play as a neutral multi stakeholder platform in matchmaking public and private parties, sharing knowledge for impact, and establishing impact coalitions to ensure more resilient food systems and food security around the globe. They agreed they will join forces, together with the rich network of Netherlands Embassies worldwide, to further enhance food system transitions, identify new and innovative business models, and develop a strongly connected food-climate agenda towards the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt later this year. Furthermore, they expressed a clear need for NFP to facilitate multi stakeholder consultations to support and help develop policy strategies; such as the dialogues NFP initiated around the United Nations Food Systems Summit in 2021.

More about Netherlands Food Partnership

Netherlands Food Partnership connects and supports initiatives by Dutch organisations and partners from Low and Middle Income Countries, to achieve urgent changes that contribute to sustainable food systems and nutrition security, and realisation of SDG2 (zero hunger) by 2030. NFP is a neutral convening platform that facilitates connections and collaboration between stakeholders from different sectors and countries, and brokers knowledge and expertise from Dutch stakeholders effectively with food systems actors in LMICs. Examples of specific collaboration activities include Seed NL, ClimEat, and collaborative initiatives to promote soil health. Other key activities include facilitating the engagement of Dutch Food Systems actors around the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021, e-courses and webinars to galvanise practical solutions for enhancing food systems transitions.