Liveblog | Pre-Summit Day 3

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-blogs of Day 1 and Day 2

Reflection Myrtille Danse

Coalitions around actionable solutions need to be inclusive

'I wholeheartedly share the sense of urgency expressed throughout the PreSummit. Hunger is on the rise, whilst Covid-19, climate change, and conflict are further exacerbating existing food and nutrition insecurities across all continents, particularly in Africa. This was the first time food and nutrition security issues were discussed at the UN level from a systemic perspective. It is great to see there is consensus that all stakeholders, particularly those who are often excluded, need to be part of the agenda setting, decision-making and implementation of innovative and bold actions for food systems transition. No actor can buy a one way ticket to a better food system on their own.

In the run up to the Summit itself, the formation of coalitions around actionable solutions also needs to be inclusive. These multi-stakeholder endeavours - e.g. these on zero hunger, school meals, food loss and waste, aquatic and blue foods, and 100 % living wages and income - can benefit from learnings by Dutch stakeholders in this domain, which we compiled during our Independent Dialogue on Multi-Stakeholder Platforms. It showed the importance of collaborative initiatives in meeting a few crucial objectives including the following: representation and inclusiveness; political will and support; local ownership; transparency, continuous communication, openness, and respect; capacity building based on understanding each other's strengths and weaknesses; addressing inequality and last but not least sufficient time and resources.

The real work over the coming nine years, will be done at a country level, whilst global efforts will need to be mobilised to plug the remaining gaps. It’s no longer about prescription, it’s about countries and their leadership. Youth, indigenous communities, smallholders and others, should be part of every single coalition. And with this in mind, Netherlands Food Partnership will continue to play its part in ensuring that everyone has a seat at the table'.

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Myrtille Danse and Frits van de Wal, delegate member foreign affairs in front of the FAO office

14:00 - 15:00 Plenary hall

Closing statements and the road to the Summit

During the closing statements, the UN Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed previewed the emerging global coalitions that would champion further progress. “Anything we do must always include those at the center of our food systems: smallholder farmers, indigenous peoples and especially women and youth,” Mohammed said during her closing remarks. “Just as food brings us together as cultures and communities, it can bring us together around solutions. But what is clear is there is no one-size fits all solution. Our diversity is our strength and reflects the complexity of our world.”

11:30 - 13:15 Plenary hall

Synthesis Plenary

The Pre-Summit has been a space in which many different discussions on urgent food systems challenges have been held, and in which the outcomes of the many food systems dialogues have been incorporated. It became clear that there is a need for a reset: a fundamental shift in global food systems. This implies a challenge to food systems governance systems, as a clear observation was that much more collaborative, decentralised models are needed, which are built on trust and which break silos. “This may hurt. Sometimes you will make everybody equally unhappy,” says Martin Frick, Deputy to the Special Envoy for the UN FSS, “but that may be a sign you are on a good track.”

Representatives of farmers organisations, youth, indigenous peoples and consumers groups confirmed this need to change food systems, and particularly to make sure their constituencies have a seat at the table in food systems decision-making and in the development, implementation and leadership of the solutions. A youth representative in particular said youth want to be part of the conversation, but also need to have their own spaces. To realise these ambitions, important barriers remain and must be tackled, such as the lack of political will and the violation of human rights including land rights.

Science communities, including the CGIAR, will continue to contribute to providing the science base for the reset of the food system, and are aware there is a need for a systems approach for different fields of science and for other knowledge systems beyond science. To enhance gender equality in food systems, the Global Food 50-50 initiative will provide a tool to hold all stakeholders accountable.

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9:00 - 10:30 Plenary hall

City and local food systems

Jeff Risom, Partner and Chief Innovation Officer of Gehl shared how the focus in his work is on people in the middle of the supply and demand side.

Centrality of Land in Building Sustainable Food Systems

8:00 - 8:50 Affiliated session

Launch of the report Uneven Ground - land inequality report by the International Land Coalition and Oxfam. Land inequality grew fast in the last decade. New measures and analysis published in this synthesis report show that land inequality is significantly higher than previously reported. This trend directly threatens the livelihoods of an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide involved in smallholder agriculture.

Land inequality is also central to many other forms of inequality related to wealth, power, gender, health, and environment and is fundamentally linked to contemporary global crises of democratic decline, climate change, global health security and pandemics, mass migration, unemployment, and intergenerational injustice. Beyond its direct effects on smallholder agriculture, it is clear that land inequality undermines stability and the development of sustainable societies, affecting all of us in almost every aspect of our lives.

This affiliated session was hosted by the International Land Coalition, the European Commission, The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), RVO & LANDac – the Netherlands Land Academy (both supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands), Welthungerhilfe and the Land Portal Foundation

Read the UNEVEN GROUND report

Day 3 - 28 July

Suggestions Formal Programme

9:00-10:30 City and Local Food Systems

9:00-10:30 Ministerial Roundtable on UN Food Systems Summit and Rio Conventions on Biodiversity, Climate Chagne, and Desertification

11:30-13:30 Synthesis Plenary with featured themes from the week, ministerial feedback and highlights, analysis from Scientific Group & Levers of Change, insights from Critical Voices, common points from Coalitions of Action and how to refine ambition.

Suggestions Affiliated Programme

13.30-14.20 Towards Global Partnerships for a Climate Smart and Efficient Food Future. - Cooperative Partnership for Climate Smart Food and Forestry (incl. LTO Nederland, Agriterra, Danish & Finnish agri&food councils. Register here to join.

13:30 - 14: 20 Target. Measure. Act, Invest: How businesses can help deliver a Net Zero food system for all. WRAP & P4G, Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals 2030. Register here to join

13.30-14.20 Rebalancing public agricultural support for health, for prosperity and for the planet – policy realities. Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, World Bank Register here to participate

13.30-14.20 Women, Work and Food Systems - A Global South Perspective. Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Register here to participate

13.30-14.20 Launching a Coalition to strengthen accountability mechanisms for the food industry. The Food Foundation and World Benchmarking Alliance. Register here to join

13.30-14.20 Actions to Support Farmers’ Perspectives from Seeds to Food. Community Technology Development Trust (CTDT), Government of Norway. Register here to participate

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

8:00 - 8:30 Daily briefing

Today is the final day of the Pre-Summit. On Day 2 much focus was on innovation and health & nutrition. Seen as the most important session of the general programme today is the 'Synthesis Plenary' between 11:30 and 13:30. The delegation and Myrtille Danse of Netherlands Food Partnership will attend several affiliated sessions this afternoon. In general we may conclude that the Pre-Summit has brought together a wide variety of stakeholders from many countries, giving much opportunity to meet in person again and discuss collaborations. The Netherlands will focus on this today and towards the Summit with emphasis on small and medium enterprises to ensure there is wide inclusion of the business sector. Making sure we continue on the basis laid in diverse dialogues during and leading up to the Pre-Summit.

Netherlands delegation and Myrtille Danse CEO NFP

Each morning from 8:00 - 8:30am a short virtual briefing was held by the delegation of The Netherlands, for which Dutch stakeholders were invited. The delegation and Myrtille Danse shared their agenda for the day, answered questions and harvested inputs from participants. For those who were not able to attend the daily briefing this morning, Until 12pm today suggestions and questions can be sent to the team in the Netherlands via email.


Participants of the daily briefing on Day 3

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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