REPORT:  Repurposing Agricultural Support to Transform Food Systems

REPORT: Repurposing Agricultural Support to Transform Food Systems

14 September 2021. A Multi-billion-dollar Opportunity: Repurposing Agricultural Support to Transform Food Systems – launch of this report, co-produced by FAO, UNEP, and UNDP.

Global support to agricultural producers totals half a trillion dollars and is set to soar even higher in the coming years. But the current way this support is provided has led to farming practices that are harmful to nature and health, thus working against sustainable, equitable, and efficient food systems.

We need to rethink, repurpose and reform this support, increasing its efficiency and the way it can support our path towards healthier people and planet and achieving Zero Hunger.

As a global call-to-action to repurpose agricultural support, join us for the launch of the report A Multi-billion-dollar Opportunity: Repurposing Agricultural Support to Transform Food Systems, co-produced

by FAO, UNEP, and UNDP.

This event brought together a round of influential speakers who share learning, insights, best practices to inspire and inform fundamental shifts in how we can accelerate and scale repurposing our support to food systems globally.

The key analysis of the report includes:

  • An updated estimate of agricultural support, covering 88 countries, over time and considering different country groups
  • The impacts of agricultural support on nature, climate change, health, nutrition, and equity and the implications of reforming them
  • Opportunities for repurposing and benefits
  • 6-step guide on how to repurpose agricultural support
  • Overcoming challenges in the short to longer-term, based on country
Speakers:
  • Moderator Nozipho Tshabalala, CEO, The Conversation Strategists.
  • Statement QU Dongyu, Director-General, FAO
  • Statement Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UNEP
  • Statement Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP
  • Opening remarks Hon. Minister Dr. Gérardine Mukeshimana, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Rwanda 
  • Opening remarks Hon. Minister Victoria Prentis, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Presentation of the report + Technical panel discussion:

  • Marco V. Sanchez, Deputy-Director and OiC day-to-day matters for Agrifood Economics at FAO, and Lead Technical Author
  • Vijay Kumar Thallam, Executive Vice Chairman, Rythu Sadhikara Samstha
  • Johan Swinnen, Director General of IFPRI
  • Nicoletta Batini, Scholar of Innovative Monetary and Fiscal Policy, IMF
  • Francesco Branca, Director of Nutrition and Food Safety, WHO
  • Closing Hon. Minister James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change and Associate Minister for the Environment, New Zealand

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