The UN Food System Summit 2021 called by UN Secretary-General António Guterres
provides a unique opportunity to the Member States to reflect on the future of food
systems and identify innovative ideas and bold actions that can transform these and
help countries in achieving SDGs 2030.
The Summit revolves around five Action Tracks to achieve the SDGs by 2030 and
shape pathways of actions to transform the way we produce and consume the food.
- Ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all.
- Shift to sustainable consumption patterns.
- Boost nature-positive production.
- Advance equitable livelihoods.
- Build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks, and stress.
The Government of India has volunteered for Action Track 4 - “Advance Equitable
Livelihoods” but not limited to this Action Track alone. India will suitability engage
and contribute in all the Action Tracks to showcase the best practices and provide
‘game-changing ideas’ for the betterment of agri-food systems globally based on her
policies, programmatic interventions through an Inter-Ministerial collaboration which
contributed to India’s agriculture growth trajectory.
Issues around the food system are being debated widely in India by national and sub
national governments, academic institutions, practitioners, civil society organizations,
Prof Ramesh Chand
Member (Agriculture), NITI AayogPage
political groups, and other stakeholders like farmers, the private sector, women
groups, and youth organizations. The knowledge generated in these fora is
immensely useful for shaping the future of the food system in the country and
globally. The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has constituted an
interdisciplinary group to facilitate cross-sectoral consultations to prepare for India’s
participation in the UN Food Systems Summit 2021.
State-level and National Dialogues have been planned to get views of diverse
stakeholders to devise pathways for a sustainable future of the food system that
make a significant contribution towards SDGs.
All stakeholders with a common interest in further sustainable food systems are
invited to contribute to shaping the pathways and suggest game-changing ideas,
based on their knowledge, wisdom, and experience. I suggest some leading
questions, though not limited to these alone, as follows:
- What should the National pathways be for ensuring sustainable food systems
in the coming decade in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
- are the levers and opportunities to bring pathways to life? This should
include inter alia practices, policies, actions, infrastructure, institutions,
partnerships and commitments.
- How to cope with shocks and vulnerabilities caused by unprecedented events
- What national ambitions and efforts are needed to achieve that?
- How to manage damage to Nature caused by food systems?
- What are the changes needed and mechanisms to balance the need for the
present and future?
- Changes needed in national development plans, climate action, and
sustainable food systems, as well as relevant regional and international
- Game-changing ideas, experiences, and replicable success stories.
We look forward to your stimulating ideas for a successful and fruitful dialogue,
leading up to the pre-Summit in July 2021 in Rome and the Leaders’ Summit in
September 2021 in New York.