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Global dialogues for sustainable and healthy food systems

Due to insufficient mechanisms currently available that encourage all stakeholders in the food system to meet, talk, and agree to act together, the winner of the world food award, David Nabarro started in 2018 a global initiative called Food Systems Dialogues , by which co-organizes Dialogues on Food Systems around the world, or supports independent Dialogues to be organized, and together, these debates form a network of topics and commitments that may eventually influence the debates that will be held at the planned World Food System Summit for 2021.


The Food Systems Dialogues are, therefore, a global series of facilitated discussion roundtables, which encourages collective action to transform food systems. Each discussion table receives a discussion topic that is presented as an affirmation, an objective that must be achieved in the near future, for which the participants of the table must interact and identify how they can act, collaboratively, in this sense, and what is necessary for that statement to come true.


The main and main purpose of Food Systems Dialogues is to support the transformation that will allow, in the future, that all people have access to nutritious and healthy diets based on sustainably produced foods.


The Dialogues bring together various actors in the food systems (with expertise in agriculture, public health, food and drink, gastronomy, marketing, humanitarian action) from governments, civil society, companies and academia, to share perspectives, examine opportunities and understand the commitments that must assumed to promote change.


Since FSD launch in June 2018, more than 20 Dialogues have taken place in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North and South America, involving more than 1,200 leaders and professionals from multiple organizations. Watch here an explanatory video by David Nabarro.

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Dialogue Brazil - covid.19

online meeting on food systems

and the covid-19 pandemic impacts


With the pancdemic of Covid-19, the global challenges of food systems deepened and reached even greater urgency. Restrictions on mobility, economic activities and international trade have caused and are causing disruptions in the food system.

The Food Systems Dialogues offer an opportunity to broaden and deepen multi-sectoral conversations about the impact of Covid-19 on food systems. The idea is to bring up discussions and initiatives that are already underway, as well as motivate short and long-term transformations that are inclusive and attentive to the system as a whole.

The special series of Dialogues on Food Systems - COVID-19 focuses on the specific situations of the national or regional scenario of the country where each event takes place, encouraging the search for the greatest possible diversity of actors and stakeholders.


Instituto Comida do Amanhã , co-curated by Professor José Graziano da Silva , and supported by the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS) organized the first FSD Dialogue in Brazil in June 2020 , for an audience of 40 stakeholders of various sectors of the food system were invited, following the global methodology of Food Systems Dialogues *, in order to promote intersectoral debates on the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Brazilian food system, to allow dialogue and connection with global discussions, and also be an opportunity to explore options for possible short and long-term transformations in the national food system.


* Whether as an independent or co-organized event, the Dialogues follow the global FSD methodology. The series of events dedicated to Covid-19 is completely online, with participants from different sectors, previously defined by the event's organization and curators. The discussions are moderated by a facilitator, in order to allow the group to formulate an action proposal for a specific problem, which is then shared with the other participants of the event.

The event is closed to guests and facilitators selected by the event's curators and their identities kept anonymous in the dissemination of the results of the debates, according to Chattam House Rules. A final summary of the discussions is made public to support the view on the challenges discussed and contribute to the harvesting of results from all global FSD meetings (check out the 10 central themes - threads - of the Global Food Systems Dialogues by clicking here (English) and here (Spanish).


FSD . opening

june 2020 - vídeo 01

Opening inspirational speech - Professor José Graziano da Silva (curator)


FSD . final remarks

june 2020 - vídeo 02

Final remarks from Professor José Graziano da Silva (curator).

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FSD Dialogue Brazil in numbers

07 round tables / 07 facilitators / 07 urgent topics

36 participants from 5 sectors related to the food system

Total 120 minutes of encounter

curator Prof. José Graziano da Silva (former FAO director general)

discussion topics . Brazil FSD

The discussion topics are defined from a perspective of a future scenario: we ask the participants to imagine that the statements made will be true in the future and invite to debate on two main questions: how can we get there? what keeps us from getting there and needs to be unlocked? the results of these questions make up the action plan, the guidelines for moving forward on the agenda, and are systematized in the FSD report, which will be published shortly. Below, the 7 themes explored - one theme for each group.

The production of healthy food currently available, even after the COVID pandemic, reaches all social classes, especially the most vulnerable, with reduced losses and waste, in addition to ensuring that producers are adequately remunerated for their work.


Farmers, cooperatives, small and medium businesses are not affected by the restrictive measures implemented in response to COVID or similar pandemics.


Both post-COVID recovery packages and adaptations in response to the crisis resulting from the pandemic contribute to the transformation of food systems towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.


The emergency measures, the existing social protection system and the intersectoral arrangements - added to the ordinary actions of health, education and food security policies - were and are sufficient both to ensure that hunger does not set in en masse after the COVID pandemic, and to reduce the number of obese people in the population.


There is a low risk of COVID contamination among all actors in the food chain, from field to plate. Smart and inclusive health and tracking protocols are in place: safe food is also nutritious and adequate, without excluding local production and consumption arrangements.


Food systems are resilient to future COVID epidemics: they continue to function normally, even under constant threat of new COVID outbreaks, without interrupting food and nutrition security programs, or disrupting food supply and distribution.


After the COVID pandemic, consumers of all social classes are increasingly aware of the origin of the foods that make up their diets, know the supply chain from field to plate, and are aware of the impacts that this chain generates on the food system as a whole.



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