Transforming Food Systems by Design | UN Food Systems Pre Summit Presentation

Work from the Transforming Food Systems by Design project will be showcased and presented during an affiliated session at the UN Food Systems Pre Summit, on the evening of Monday 26 July from 19:30 till 20:20. We're delighted to announce that the session will include contributions and reflections from Namukolo Covic - Senior Researcher CGIAR, Jacobine Das Gupta - Sustainability Director and Nutrition Lead DSM, together with Founder of MAAN Design, Stephan Petermann as well as Netherlands Food Partnership, Executive Director, Myrtille Danse.


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Commissioned through Netherlands Food Partnership and delivered in collaboration with Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE), the project applies the medium of design to innovate, re-frame, speculate and interpret SDG2: Zero Hunger.

DAE Masters students were set with the challenge to find creative approaches in breaking down the complexity of the world’s current food production and distribution systems and explore new ways and methods to inform and speed up international negotiations, influence politics and stimulate social change. Incorporating a variety of new ideas, concepts and mechanisms for driving food systems transformation, the students approached their assignments from a global, local, speculative, real, hi and low-tech angle. The project topics include world hunger elimination, micropolitics of nutrition and territorial networks of food production, amongst many others.

The students' internationally diverse backgrounds brought a wide variety of perspectives and knowledge of local realities from different countries and continents. Drawn from all of DAE’s Masters programmes, a broad range of positions within the school’s design practices were represented, guaranteeing a transdisciplinary approach with artistic research at its core.

NFP Director Myrtille Danse said: “Design offers us an opportunity to look at food security from a new perspective. We want to be challenged in rethinking our perspectives. We hope this will enable us to consider more unusual suspects and approaches, and encourage more multi-actor collaborations in transforming the food system for low and middle income countries.”

DAE Director Joseph Grima said: “This program is an extreme test for the ways in which we as designers can find a new path in the expression of our role within society. In order to preserve the relevance of design, we have to adapt to the new reality in which complexity is not an added challenge but in the very nature of what defines our work.”

Several of the students projects have been specially selected for presentation on the evening. We hope these ideas and concepts will further stimulate and create new mechanisms for food systems transformation.


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