by Sophie Ryan, CEO of the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) and Food Systems Champion.

When you think of ‘blue foods’, or food from the water (land and sea) what comes to mind? Across all the different forms of blue foods — fish, aquatic plants, mussels and algae — what comes to mind for many is the health benefits they provide. Blue foods contain many essential nutrients — omega-3s, zinc, iron, and vitamins, and they can also lower help fight many illnesses including heart disease and diabetes.

Yet, what many might not immediately connect is the role blue foods play in supporting a healthy and resilient planet. Blue foods require less land and less fresh…


By Michael Quinn Patton, Blue Marble Evaluation Network

More than 40,000 people from around the world participated in 850 Independent Dialogues in support of the Food Systems Summit being convened on September 23 by the United Nations.

The major themes that emerged from those Dialogues have now been published in a Synthesis Report available here. Dialogue participants provided guidance on what is needed and envisioned to transform food systems. Transformation means major, significant, deep, and broad changes beyond piecemeal reforms, incremental change, and narrowly focused projects and programs. Participants spotlighted the importance of ensuring sustainability and strengthening resilience. Sustainability entails humanity and nature thriving together, with resilience as…


by Oluwatosin Ogunsola, Global Landscape Forum Ambassador

Photo: Dave Hoefler/Unsplash

Life starts from land and ends on land. Land is an essential resource which serves a number of purposes, including domestic, industrial, and commercial uses. Globally, the pressure on land for basic life needs of shelter, food and water has been unprecedented with population explosion and changing climate resulting in a huge magnitude of vulnerabilities. The Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the 2021 Food Systems Summit, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, stressed at the pre-summit (watch video here) that “Climate change is the number one threat that farmers face”.

Over 70% of the food produced globally is directly influenced…


by Dr Shakuntala Thilsted, Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health at WorldFish and UNFSS 2021 Action Track 4 Vice-Chair, and Indika Arulingam, Research Officer, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Photo: Tilapia fingerlings being brought at the NARDC aquaculture ponds in Kitwe, Zambia. Doina Huso/WorldFish

Governments knew that youth unemployment was high before the COVID-19 pandemic, but what they failed to realise was how vulnerable even those with jobs were.

Globally, youth employment fell by almost nine per cent in 2020 compared with 3.7 per cent for adults.

And nowhere is the jobs gap more urgent than in Africa, where the median age is roughly 19 years old — half the equivalent in Europe at 42.5 years. Given that more than half of the continent’s population is expected to be under the age of 25 by 2050, creating sustainable livelihoods is a priority.

Figures show…


By Michael Quinn Patton, Blue Marble Evaluation Network

The Independent Dialogues bring diverse people together on a variety of issues to think about and build momentum toward the Food Systems Summit in September. Through June more than 700 Dialogues have been registered. Momentum has been building with a greater number of Dialogues occurring every month since they began last November. People connecting together and interacting around food systems issues and the future of food and agriculture has value in and of itself quite apart from the substance that emerges from the Dialogues. That said, important substantive themes have emerged.

The Dialogues provide important and thoughtful guidance about how…


By Invent Future Global

The InventFuture.Global (IF.G) mission is to support and enable students to develop and improve their creativity and problem-solving skills, so that they will be able to handle and overcome the many problems and issues that they will face in their adult lives and careers.

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As part of IF.G’s continuing series of programs addressing the various United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), students ages 9 to 18 years old from around the world will work together in multi-country teams during four different live, online sessions each covering an entire week to identify the issues of SDG 2 — Zero Hunger and…


By Lawrence Haddad, GAIN and Joao Campari, WWF

Photo: Nancy Rono, Farmer, and her son, Collins, eat lunch together. © Jonathan Caramanus/Green Renaissance/WWF-UK

This week the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Global Alliance for Nutrition (GAIN) signed up to a new joint partnership. One of us aims to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony, the other to deliver more nutritious food for all people. At face value fundamentally different jobs. Why, it might be asked, would we be joining forces?

The answer is that both of our missions touch on one of the most important challenges of our era: that food systems are failing nature and are leaving…


The COVID-19 pandemic has left the world reeling, with economies hard hit and inequalities in access to food and healthcare laid bare. Add to that global climate change, population growth and increased pressure on limited natural resources, and we have a situation where sustainably producing a nutritious diversity of food for everyone is a massive challenge.

In order to meet this challenge, we need to make sure that investments in global food systems are adequate, targeted and money well spent. We cannot afford ‘business as usual’: current technology, policies, institutions and financial instruments are just not up to the job…


By Niamh Kelly, Policy Research Officer for the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems

Photo: The narrow alleys of old Varanasi’s old town, India/iStock

As part of its ongoing work with the UN Food Systems Summit, the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition has produced a brief for the Scientific Group, The Transition Steps Needed to Transform Our Food Systems’. This short paper draws on the Panel’s Foresight report ‘Future Food Systems: For people, our planet and prosperity’ to outline the essential steps needed to transition to healthier, more sustainable food systems.

The policies that fed the world in the twentieth century are no longer fit for purpose. Food systems are failing to provide healthy diets for 3 billion people, and…


By Jack Ryan, Partnerships Officer, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition

Photo: Julia Joppien/Unsplash

The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition recently produced a brief for the Scientific Group of the UN Food Systems Summit, ‘COVID-19 and Food Systems: Rebuilding for Resilience’. This paper makes clear that while food systems urgently need to be transformed to better support both human and planetary health, transformed food systems must also be resilient to future shocks.

Food systems were in crisis before COVID-19 and this paper shows how the pandemic has further impacted food systems over the past year, including disruptions in food production, dietary choices and jobs and income losses. …

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