The 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit: How to Incentivize Food Loss and Waste Reduction
Join us on March 12, 2021 for an IFPRI Policy Seminar on food loss and waste.
The ongoing COVID-19 health crisis continues to expose vulnerabilities in food systems, highlighting the insecurity of rural livelihoods, the tragedy of food loss and waste, and the stark inequities in access to healthy food. The upcoming, first-ever UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), presents a unique opportunity to bring together stakeholders from across the food value chain to address these challenges and unlock barriers to sustainable food systems transformation.
Absurd quantities of food are lost and wasted every year in a world where 700 million people go hungry each day and where planetary boundaries are being exceeded by unsustainable food production. Drastic reduction of food loss and waste is therefore imperative and will be an essential part of the UNFSS agenda.
This policy seminar will serve as a platform to discuss actionably, “game-changing” solutions to reduce food loss and waste on a global scale (SDG 12.3) and provide inputs to the UNFSS agenda. Built around the Champions 12.3 Initiative and the Technical Platform for the Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste, the seminar will be held, fittingly, on March 12 (12.3).
- Troels Vensild, Minister Counsellor of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Embassy of Denmark, USA
- Johan Swinnen, Director General, IFPRI
- Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to the 2021 Food Systems Summit
Rasmus Prehn, Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Denmark
Rapid Fire Presentations
- Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, CEO, Coldhubs Nigeria
- Richard Swannell, Director, WRAP Global
Maximo Torero, Chief Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
- Jessica Vieira, Director of Sustainability, Apeel Sciences
- Craig Hanson, Vice President For Food, Forest, Water & The Ocean, World Resources Institute
- Rob Vos, Director, Markets, Trade and Institutions, IFPRI