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independent dialogue for the food systems summit


How to guarantee universal access to healthy food and curb the increase in food insecurity and obesity in Brazil?


Instituto Comida do Amanhã and Instituto Fome Zero, curated by Professor José Graziano da Silva, organized an Independent Dialogue in Brazil, on May 11, 2021, for an audience of 35 invited people focused on discussing the barriers and solutions for guarantee universal access to healthy food, an issue that is increasingly urgent, given the accelerated expansion of food insecurity in the country.

The debates and proposals of each group were systematized in a single report, sent to the preparatory meeting for the summit, which will take place in July in Rome, containing an overview of what was emphasized by the participants and how the different themes were explored.

This report provides an approximate picture of how each challenge pointed out should be considered at the Food Systems Summit, to be held in September in New York, but also in the actions at national and local level that we must follow.

You can download the full report (Portuguese), the executive summary (English), and the presentation of the challenges, prepared by the dialogue curator, José Graziano da Silva.

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* The independent Dialogue followed the methodology developed by the Food System Summit Dialogues. The event was held entirely 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 and was sent as an independent contribution to the discussions held at the pre-summit on food systems, which takes place in Rome in July 2021.

inspirational talks

The dialogue is anchored by a set of inspirational speeches, carefully selected to bring a perspective of the challenges placed on the table and to support the smooth running of the conversations of each group. In this dialogue we have the opening speeches of 3 members of the champions network of the food systems summit (champions network): Professor João Bosco, chief director of Instituto Brasil África (IBRAF), of Juliana Tângari, director of Instituto Comida do Amanhã and Professor José Graziano da Silva, director and founder of Instituto Fome Zero and curator of the meeting. After the group dialogues (protected in your privacy and therefore, without audio visual registration), we have the closing speeches of Professor José Graziano, with a systematization of the meeting and the words of André Degenszajn, chief director of the Ibirapitanga Institute.

From a consumer point of view, there areincome asymmetries and access to healthy and sustainable products. Investment in education would support a better interpretation of biased information on industrial agribusiness, also clarifying the reasons for valuing sustainable agriculture products.


There are also clear lines ofconvergenceabout existing solutions that need to be strengthened, as well as those that need to be created.


The proposed solutions are interdisciplinary and complementary.Urgent and targeted action along these lines can change the trajectory of our food system through partnerships, well-defined roles and clear responsibilities.


The performance of public bodies must guarantee the rights already conquered, and monitor the execution ofpublic policies and programs aimed at family, traditional, organic and agroecological agriculture, with inspection actions.


Atcivil society organizations and grassroots movements need to intensify their actionswith the support of other actors such as NGOs, academia and the private sector, to build narratives that bring consumers closer to these causes. Initiatives such as Communities that Support Agriculture (CSAs), Catrapovos, consumer groups, organic and agroecological fairs, and urban agriculture in public spaces are already existing models that can subvert the current logic of production and consumption, bringing both a fairer remuneration to producers in terms of bringing consumers closer.

For the maintenance and expansion of these initiatives, adequate and frequent technical assistance is required. Finally, the focus in terms ofeducation and communicationit should be the valorization of recognized solutions, and the search for the development of projects and tools that can be systematized and disseminated. We need to concentrate efforts on exalting thesociobiodiversity Brazilianandwho The preserve.

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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.

1 |

Land access / legal security

Producers have guaranteed their access to land, with legal mechanisms and tools that give them security, away from disputes and violence in the countryside.

2 |

ATER and rural extension / inclusive technology

Producers have adequate and frequent technical assistance (ATER), and have access to technologies that boost productivity and reduce the environmental impacts of production, making them increasingly resilient both to climate change and market fluctuations.

3 |

financial mechanisms

It is possible to guarantee the production of healthy food in a sustainable way 8 thanks to the existence of private and public investments, carried out through clear criteria and with governance models that guarantee fair relationships

4 |

fair market relations

All the conditions exist so that the relationships between producers, consumers and other links in the food chain are always fair and established horizontally, regardless of a direct purchase channel.

5 |

Scale up and access to institutional and private markets

Small and medium-sized organic and agroecological producers have access to markets and are able to guarantee the flow of their production through scalable models, making sustainable and local production models have the necessary financial resilience.

6 |

Communication, education and transparency for consumers

Communication and education content on food systems and food production methods is prepared with transparency, truthful and relevant information, without conflict of interests, ensuring that consumers understand the impacts of production systems and their alternatives.

7 |

Production without deforestation and conversion (“What is sustainable food production anyway?”)

The population knows that it is possible and necessary to produce food without deforesting or converting natural ecosystems, with low or zero GHG emissions and without loss of biodiversity. It is understood that agriculture depends on the forest – and there is consensus, monitoring mechanisms, data and indicators, tools and structures for the design and implementation of production models that work in this new paradigm.

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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.


To learn more about the independent dialogues visit and the summit of food systems visit and

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