Liveblog | Pre-Summit Day 2

During the three day Pre-Summit in Rome Myrtille Danse, Netherlands Food Partnership’s delegate to the Pre-Summit will provide short insights. The Netherlands Food Partnership team who follows the Pre-Summit online will also share short updates of the programme, important outcomes and more.

Also read the live-blog of Day 1 and Day 3

19: 30 - 20:20 Affiliated session

From Conflict and Hunger to Stability and Nourishment: A Comprehensive Approach to Peace, Development and Humanitarian Action

Dan Smith, director of SIPRI introduced the session by explaining that conflict is driving the hunger numbers up. It is the primary driver in 8 out of 10 of world main food crises. As said by Valerie Guarnieri, assistant executive director of WFP, 60% of 700 million hungry live in countries affected by conflict. Most humanitarian assistance goes to food insecurity caused by conflict. In order for the humanitarian-development-peace nexus to work, all interventions will need to become peace-oriented. Food Summit and food systems transformation can only be successful if they address issues of conflict. Without peace and stability we cannot hope to end hunger. This is also reflected in UNSC Resolution 2417

What is least spoken of when talking about countries affected by conflict is their untapped potential, that is undermined by war. Potential of the coastline for fisheries in Somalia, coffee and honey production in Yemen, etc. This applies to many others that have been at the mercy of humanitarian and development aid that rarely works to unleash this potential - according to Habib Ur Rehman.

Role of agriculture becomes more critical in times of violence, noted Rein Paulsen - the new director of Crises and Resilience at FAO. In the midst of violent conflict, farmers are doing their utmost to protect livelihood assets; livestock and fields. People are fleeing from violence with their animals both as source of food as of income. Supporting these communities to safeguard livelihoods and assets is vital. Conversely, agriculture plays a big role in peace. The sector tends to thrive when peace/stability returns.

We need a local focus, investment in localities, investment in agriculture locally, and local involvement in peace. And specific and localized understanding of the situation as understanding differs in different places. We need localized knowledge to understand our best approaches in local contexts. Humanitarian- development-peace fields have to come together and although cooperation can be complex, when it works it can be inspiring.

“If we sow the seed of peace, we will harvest the abundance of living”

Habib Ur Rehman | Deputy General Secretary of the g7+ Secretariat

Business Declaration for Food Systems Transformation

The Private Sector Guiding Group includes numerous diverse business platforms working to mobilize business ambition and action in support of the Food Systems Summit. The Group has led the development of the Business Declaration on Food Systems Transformation, presenting the private sector ambition to scale investments, enhance collaborations and ensure that business is part of the solution during this decade of action.

The Business Declaration will become an official annex to the UN Secretary-General’s Statement of Action along with commitments from other constituencies.

Netherlands Food Partnership applauds the initiative and recognizes its importance because the private sector is one of the key actors that contribute to food system transformation. In the food system the vast majority of key private sector parties are smes, family businesses and cooperatives. We will support this initiative by promoting and stimulating their engagement so their voices will be heard. 

Sign the Business Declaration

19:30 - 20:20 Affiliated Session

Everyone at the table: Co-creating knowledge for food systems transformation

Session highlighted the importance of collaboration between policy makers, research and farmers to understand and effectively address food systems challenges. Food systems research often needs a combination of fields that are not necessarily used to talk to each other. It is a challenge for scientists to be part of the implementation, stand next to the farmers and other practitioners, and have the conversation with the ‘end users’ of the scientific knowledge.

Key points as summarised by Patrick Caron, University of Montpellier:

  • Innovation has both institutional and technological dimensions
  • Knowledge needs to be co-created on all SDGs, not just on SDG2
  • Co-creation demands inclusiveness
  • Knowledge and action are linked but at the same time asymmetric
  • Important to recognise the diversity of sources of knowledge
  • It is a learning process to jointly share and build knowledge. This means at different levels – local, national, international - the interfaces need to be in place and a joint learning process should be encouraged and supported.
  • This is not only about the science-policy interface, it is about all stakeholders in the food system.

18:40 - 19:20 Plenary hall

Mobilising to create 100% Living Incomes and Wages in Food Systems

Collective, multisector action and collective will are key. Plans are laid out, building on frameworks and tools: let's move to meaningful action. Work both in formal and informal sectors to tackle inequalities with representatives of workers as well as employers and business leaders.

Small farmers are mostly operating in the informal economy (60%) with highly insecure incomes and lack of support and incentives. Whilst they suffer most from climate change, they are much more vulnerable. Partnerships are key and we need to improve the efficiency of partnerships.

“Ambition, Ambition, Ambition! There is momentum and a desire to work together and with other, different stakeholders. We need to better understand what a living income means in which context and build baselines, collect data.”

15:00 - 15: 50 Red Room

Leaning into food systems transformation: civil society experiences in independent dialogues

Over 25,000 participants have participated in independent dialogues. These showed a strong commitment to transforming food systems and to applying complex system thinking with solutions grounded in the local context. They committed to amplifying the voices of women, indigenous peoples, smallholder farmers, and youth, while acknowledging the importance of multistakeholder processes to collaborate across constituencies. At the same time, the underlying structures have not yet changed, and are still dominated by practices of international collaboration that hinder the transition. This may include ‘silver bullet’ solutions, narrowly defined theories of change, or outdated OECD/DAC criteria. Hence, it is necessary to transform design processes, power structures, and management training and practices.

Different stories from across the world showed there is a need for a good infrastructure for communication and collaboration. In the independent dialogues facilitated by the Asian Climate Research Network, civil society complained that there was not enough dialogue and conversation, which led to joint learning on how to improve that. RUFORUM Uganda held a dialogue with universities and students, and learnt a lot from the exchanges on how to strengthen food systems resilience in Africa. This brought out the perspective that the youth are not only active in the education system, but they also have the capacity to influence the communities they come from.

13:30 - 14:20 Affiliated session

Adopting a new view of soil health for human health

Soil experts from the public and the private sector agreed further investment is needed to improve soil health, as one of the cornerstones of a sustainable food system. ‘Investing in soil health is a no brainer,’ said a World Bank Group panelist, stressing the contribution of healthy soils to biodiversity, food system resilience, climate mitigation, as well as to farmers' incomes. World Bank presented its FOLUR programme in different regions of Africa, while GeoNutrition shared research findings that show a relation between soil micronutrient levels and human micronutrient deficiencies in Ethiopia and Malawi. Solutions discussed included farmer capacity strengthening as part of the package offered by the fertilizer industry such as OCP and the Agoro carbon alliance. In addition, facilitating Integrating Soil Fertility Management, and investing in soil monitoring data - including carbon monitoring - are considered important. Institutions need to be dynamic and capable and supporting the transition.


13:30 - 14:20 Affiliated session

Towards a Coalition on the true value of food: Making markets work for healthy & sustainable food

Hosted by the Scientific Group of the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), Government of the Netherlands and True Price Foundation. A paper has been writtenby the Scientific Group on the true cost and true price of food and a coalition is in the making towards the Food Systems Summit: True Value of Food.

During the opening of this session Lawrence Haddad (GAIN-chair FSS action track 1) addressed participants with a strong call to action: "Various groups working on true price, true value, accounting social and environmental risks and benefits, the stakes are high and the issues complex. However: let’s collaborate and reach consensus on at least some things. Anything is better than the current system".

“Measuring benefits and costs in an optimal way will be truly transformative and mind changing.”

Joachim von Braun | chair scientific group FSS

11:30 - 13:30 Red Room

Building Resilience to Vulnerabilities, Shocks, and Stresses

Sandrine Dixson Decleve (Club of Rome and Chair of AT5) introduced and moderated the session, starting off with the statement that ‘resilience will be the key word of the 21st century’. According to her, resilience is critical to achieve the three P’s, People, Planet and Prosperity. Amir Mahmoud Abdulla of WFP added that to achieve this, we will need to tackle the challenge of three C’s: Conflict, climate change and Covid. Saleemul Huq (co-chair of AT5) introduced:

The four proto-coalitions of Action Track 5:

  1. The Humanitarian-Development-Peace nexus, which tackles food insecurity in areas affected by conflict;
  2. Local consumption for local production, which focuses on shorter and resilient food chains;
  3. Universal food access, aiming for a declaration of food as a universal human right;
  4. Climate resilient development pathways, where vulnerable countries, small island states and Sahel nations take the lead to prepare food systems for climate change that has already arrived.

Governments in Bangladesh, Yemen and Spain shared how they are working to build resilience of their food systems, addressing a variety of challenges from transforming food systems facing droughts and flooding in the context of ongoing violent conflict, to trying to reach 25% agroecological target as an integrated solution that promotes resilience.

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11:30-13:30 Green Room

Ensuring No One is Left Behind: Equitable Livelihoods in Food Systems

Globally 4,5 billion people depend on the food system for their livelihoods. Particularly youth and women do so while finding themselves in a vulnerable or extremely vulnerable position. Session participants called for decent work, for an end to forced labour and child labour, and for the empowerment of women and youth. In addition, the need for youth’s and women’s seat at the table in food systems decision making was stressed. Participants said Action Track 4 dialogues and proposed solutions need to be followed up to in the period to come.


Dr. Phrang Roy

10:00 - 10:50 Red Room

Human Rights - A Unified Framework for Food Systems Transformation

Professor Wenche Barth Eide, Professor Emeritus of Oslo University

10:00 - 10:50 Catalyzing country-led innovations to transform food systems

Marije Beens, Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality announced a new booster today, offering financial support for personalised nutrition initiatives tackling obesity. More information can be found on the Foodvalley website.

9:30 - 10:30 People’s counter mobilisation

Seed is Power: Reclaiming African Seed Sovereignty

This session focused on farmer managed seed systems and the realization of farmer rights in Africa. Farmers shared experiences on the importance of indigenous seed and the challenges encountered. They highlighted challenges and solutions posed by farmers against the corporate capture of their seed and food systems. Seed sovereignty is at the center of the vision that was shared. Seed is a bridge between past, present and future and essential for food system transformation. It will be a collective effort to preserve the seed diversity.

8:00 - 9: 00 Affiliated Session

Unleashing science’s potential to transform food system

Claudia Sadoff briefly introduced the mission and 2030 Strategy of One CGIAR: “To deliver science and innovation that advance the transformation of food, land, and water systems in a climate crisis”. One CGIAR will work with over 30 game changing initiatives in the areas of Genetic Innovation, Resilient Agrifood Systems and System Transformation. Representatives from Mexico, Bangladesh and Ethiopia shared their experience on the role and importance of research for their food and nutrition security. Highlighting the important partnership with CGIAR and national institutions and farmers to strengthen their food systems through innovation and capacity building.

Shakuntala Thilsted (World Food Prize winner 2021, CGIAR WoldFish) highlighted the need for:

  • Understanding the food culture and habits of the people
  • Need for a shift to systems based research
  • Importance of having a nutrition sensitive perspective
  • Being bold in investing in building capacity, especially for women and youth.

Shakuntala Thilsted

Day 2 - 27 July

Suggestions Formal Programme

11:30-13:30 Ensuring No One is Left Behind: Equitable Livelihoods in Food Systems
with Kundhavi Kadiresan, Managing Director, Global Engagement and Innovation, CGIAR, as a panelist

15:00-15:50 Private Sector Priorities (Green Room)

15:00-15:50 Civil Society Priorities (Red Room)

16:00-16:50 Small & Medium Enterprise Priorities.(paralel session Green Room)

16:00-16:50 Indigenous Peoples Priorities (Red Room)

18:30-19:20 (Virtual only) Transitioning into Healthy, Sustainable, inclusive, and resilient food systems: A perspective from the five regions

Suggestions Affiliated Programme

8:00-8:50 Unleashing science’s potential to transform food systems. CGIAR-led event featuring Claudia Sadoff, Executive Management Team Convener and Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact, CGIAR. With Shakuntala Thilsted, 2021 World Food Prize Laureate, as a panelist. Moderated by Kanayo Nwanze, CGIAR Special Representative to UNFSS. Register here to join.

13.30 - 14.20 Addressing True Costs: A Global Partnership on the True Price of Food - True Price Foundation. You can register here to join.

13.30 -14.20 Bridging Food Science and Policy through Dialogue. - WBCSD and WUR. Register here to join.

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8:00 - 8:30 Daily briefing

Netherlands delegation and Myrtille Danse CEO NFP

On day 2 of the Pre-Summit the Netherlands delegation and Myrtille reflected on the first day; an impressive start where many countries shared outcomes of their national dialogues. With an inspirational dynamic due to a diverse audience, clear presence of youth and balanced representation in discussions. Today there will be a focus on meeting with other countries and organisations to establish a clear idea on how the Netherlands can strengthen collaborations. And the delegation members will attend affiliated sessions mentioned in this liveblog.

Each morning from 8:00 - 8:30am a short virtual briefing will be held by the delegation of The Netherlands, for which Dutch stakeholders are invited. The delegation and Myrtille Danse will share their agenda for the day, and will welcome questions and inputs from participants. For those who are not able to attend the daily briefings in the morning, suggestions and questions can be sent to the team in the Netherlands via email.

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Connect with Myrtille during the Pre-Summit

Netherlands Food Partnership works with a broad range of stakeholders in the Netherlands and in low- and middle-income countries. As a convening platform and accelerator of impact coalitions we are committed to foster the inclusion of as many stakeholders as possible in the UN Food Systems Summit or Pre-Summit process. 'My aim is to build the understanding of the most promising transition pathways, whilst also bringing forward some of the findings from the food systems dialogues and network meetings held in the Netherlands during the run up to the Pre-Summit'. We realise that participation is challenging, particularly for smaller organisations and SMEs. That is why we have organised daily briefings and support for multiple initiatives, prior and during the Pre-Summit. 

Summit Preparations Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Agriculture


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Myrtille Danse

Executive Director Netherlands Food Partnership

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