Global initiatives

Better together

We work alongside many global initiatives also working to change the way we produce food and use our land, to scale solutions that are already in existence and innovate to find new ones. We believe collective action is vital to meet international targets and commitment. We also recognize our work must reflect both local and global needs, so we work with diverse initiatives focused on solutions.

Food Systems Dialogues

Effective collective action involves a common vision. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – and the future of the planet and its people – depend on well-functioning food systems everywhere. They should be sustainable, produce foodstuffs that are affordable, safe and nourish people. Food Systems Dialogues (FSDs) convene events in cities across the world to connect actors and share experiences to support food system transformation. They encourage dialogue about food systems policies and economics, science-based targets and pathways, the potential of innovation and the urgent need for all stakeholders to be part of the conversation.

Nature4Climate

Nature is a key climate solution. Nature4Climate (N4C) is an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) UN-REDD, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Conservation International (CI), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Woods Hole Research Center, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), World Resources Institute (WRI), We Mean Business (WMB) and WWF that aims to increase investment and action on natural climate solutions in support of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Partners work together to catalyze partnerships between governments, civil society, business and investors that use nature-based solutions to climate change.

A Just Rural Transition

Feeding 9 billion people by 2030 while protecting the vital natural systems which sustain life will be one of the defining challenges of our generation. It will require a transformation in the way in which we use land, produce food and protect nature.  Launched at the UN Climate Action Summit in September 2019, A Just Rural Transition (JRT) brings together governments, companies, civil society, farmers groups and indigenous people to support a growing global ‘community of purpose’.

Food Systems Summit 2021

Convened by the United Nations, the United Nations Food Systems Summit will look at the issues of climate, employment among other social issues, environment and nutrition through a food systems lens. The Summit will offer a catalytic moment for global public mobilisation and actionable commitments to invest in diverse ways to make food systems more inclusive, resilient, and support sustainable peace.

While the location and date are still to be determined, the Summit is likely to be held in the final four months of 2021.

Agnes Kalibata, FOLU Ambassador and President of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), has been appointed the UN Special Envoy for the Summit.

Food Systems Summit 2021

Convened by the United Nations, the Food Systems Summit will look at the issues of climate, employment among other social issues, environment and nutrition through a food systems lens. The Summit will offer a catalytic moment for global public mobilisation and actionable commitments to invest in diverse ways to make food systems more inclusive, resilient, and support sustainable peace.

While the location and date are still to be determined, the Summit is likely to be held in the final four months of 2021. 

Agnes Kalibata, FOLU Ambassador and President of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), has been appointed the UN Special Envoy for the Summit.

The team has announced five Action Tracks that will guide the summit: (1) ensuring access to safe and nutritious food for all, (2) shifting to sustainable consumption patterns, (3) boosting nature-positive production at scale, (4) advancing equitable livelihoods and (5) building resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stresses. Read more here.

The Food System Economics Commission

The Food System Economics Commission, convened by EAT, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and FOLU, is an independent, interdisciplinary academic commission that delivers a state-of-the-art scientific assessment on Food, People, Planet: the economics of the transition to healthy, inclusive and sustainable food systems. Building on the vanguard of integrated assessment modelling and evidence-based policy design, the Commission’s analysis links the inclusion, health and environmental dimensions of the economics of food systems. The Commission’s overarching objective is to further the transition to healthy, inclusive and sustainable food systems by providing a comprehensive assessment of the economics of current food systems, their unaccounted costs (defined as environmental, dietary health and social costs)  and the distributional impacts of the transition; and by rigorously assessing evidence and providing new tools to support policy design.