All roads lead to Rome: a Pre-Summit towards an equitable, net-zero and nature-positive food system

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26 July, 2021


Insights from the CEO



Peter Bakker

  1. First, Science has become undisputed and clear under the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the science-based targets are mobilizing massive action,
  2. Second, having an annual COP meeting serves to mobilize awareness and action by all stakeholders,
  3. Third, Trust  between all constituents has grown as a result of the many COPs,
  4. And last, Solutions by business and others are now leading the decarbonization of our economy.

If we project these lessons onto the food systems, we may find guidance on how to mobilize action.

  • Science – The Food Systems Summit Science Committee has done great work progressing our understanding of the various challenges, but more is needed to get to a consensus on the environmental impacts, the composition of healthy diets and not in the least the true value economics of the system. A call for an IPCC for food needs to stay on the agenda.
  • Meeting and accountability – The Food Systems Summit proofs that having a global meeting can create global mobilization. We must not limit this to a one-off event and find a way to measure progress.
  • Trust – I want to applaud the effort of the many National Food Systems Dialogues that have been held around the world, as it is only through these multistakeholder convenings that we can build trust and deepen the understanding of the national and regional challenges facing the food system.
  • Solutions – this is where business will have a big role to play to develop and implement better agricultural practices and offer healthy food. I am happy to report that Business is ready to step up.
  1. Scale science-based solutions that focus on the transition towards sustainable food and agriculture business models,
  2. Provide investments in research and innovation to support food systems transformation across the value chain,
  3. Contribute to improved livelihoods and wellbeing across food value chains,
  4. Incentivize consumers as agents of change towards healthy and nutritious diets for all,
  5. Create transparency by integrating environmental and social risks and impacts in governance, the principles of true value of food, and reporting,
  6. Ensure the transformation includes a just transition for people everywhere.