Since its inception in 2018, the Food Systems Dialogue (FSD) in India has focused on contextualizing the global discourse on food systems transformation for the Indian stakeholders. While the degree of interdependency between the actors and processes responsible for the entire spectrum of activities within the food systems has increased over the years, governance mechanisms for these actors and processes have tended to take place in silos, resulting in its fragmentation. These systems have also failed to achieve nutrition security and livelihood security for small and marginal farmers, resulting in the urgent need for transformation of the food systems.
We recognize the need to leverage the richness of ideas generated during past FSDs and take the deliberations forward to shape the national pathways for the transformation of food systems. Organised in collaboration with Bharat Krishak Samaj, FSD 2023 will seek to identify the policy scenarios with an enabling potential as well as the urgent accelerators and entry points for initiating a sustainable food system transformation. It will lay emphasis on the precise short and long-term measures that need to be implemented for the transition. It will also look forward to delineating the scenarios and elements that may impede the transformation process.
The three-day conclave will witness – high-level plenaries; focused dialogues on key topics such as financing the transition, creating effective data support for catalysing the transition, future of the markets, production systems, support systems for farmers, and health and nutrition with an informed group of stakeholders; talks by special guests on cross-cutting and emerging issues; and several side events by external partners. True to its inclusive approach, FSD 2023 will be collaborating once again with a wide group of stakeholders, which will comprise entities from research, public policy, private sector and academia.
- Inaugural session with addresses by BKS Chairperson, FOLU India and Prof. Prabhu Pingali, Director of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition
- Unlocking Financing for Sustainable Food System Transformation, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
- Inclusive Data Practices for Sustainable Future, Digital Green
- The Impact of Changes in the Temperature on Water, Soil and Food Systems in India, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation
- Reimagining agriculture as an engine for future growth – Paper Presentation by Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog
- Consultation on India-Food System Transformation Hub – way forward and open discussion
- Special talks on cross-cutting themes, featuring:
- David Nabarro, Strategic Director, 4sd Foundation
- K. Ramalingam, Deputy General Manager, NABARD
- Manoj Ahuja, Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India
- Soumya Swaminathan, Chairperson, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation
- Stakeholder Consultation to Address Antibiotic Misuse in Food Systems and Contain Antimicrobial Resistance, Centre for Science and Environment
- Reducing the ‘True Cost’ of the Public Distribution System, Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition
- The Hidden Costs of the Indian Food Systems – Assessment and Policy Solutions, the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium; and the Food Systems Economics Commission
- Indian Pathways to Healthy and Sustainable Food and Land Use Systems: A Dialogue, EAT-Lancet