VIRTUAL EVENT: Bonding science and policy to accelerate food systems transformation

4 February 2021 
Bonding science and policy to accelerate food systems transformation organised by
MUSE-Montpellier Université d’Excellence . Towards the United Nations Food Systems Summit Downloads: 


  • Session facilitated by par Ruben Echeverria

  • Julien DENORMANDIE, Minister for Agriculture and Food of France 
  • QU Dongyu, Director General, FAO 
  • Gilbert HOUNGBO, President, IFAD 
  • Agnes KALIBATA, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit 

Session 1: Insights from science 

  • Session facilitated by Amanda Harding, Convene
  • Joachim von Braun, Chair of the Scientific Group for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit – Key messages from the UNFSS Scientific Group 
  • Louise Fresco, President, Wageningen University & Research – International scientific cooperation and alliances 
  • Martin van Ittersum, Professor, Wageningen University & Research and Patrick Caron, Vice-President, University of Montpellier – Key messages from the international conference on global food security (December 2020) 

Panel 1 : Perspectives on key issues 

  • Jean-François Soussana,Vice-President, INRAE 
  • Jessica Fanzo, Professor, Johns Hopkins University 

  • Étienne Hainzelin, CEO Advisor, Cirad 

Panel 2. Building on current alliances Bernadette 

  • Dora Gombossy de Melo Franco, Director, Food Research Centre, University of São Paulo 
  • Tawana Kupe, Rector, University of Pretoria 
  • Mei Xurong, Vice-President, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences 

Session 2 : Food systems narratives 

  • Session facilitated by Gerda Verburg, UN Assistant Secretary-General and SUN Movement Coordinator
  • Martin Cole, CFS HLPE Chairman and Bernard Lehman, CFS HLPE Vice-Chairman – Presentation of the 15th synthesis report of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 

Panel 1 : Perspectives from experts 

  • Youba Sokona, Vice-Chair, IPCC 
  • Julia Marton-Lefevre, Bureau Member, IPBES 

Panel 2. Perspectives from decision-makers 

  • Valerie Guarnieri, Assistant Executive Director, WFP 
  • Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO NEPAD 
  • Fernando Miranda, Secretary General of Agriculture and Food of Spain 
  • Jyotsna Puri, Director, Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division, IFAD 
  • Bertrand Walckenaer, Deputy Director General, AFD 

Session 3 : Bonding science and policy to accelerate food systems transformation Multistakeholder dialogue in action 

  • Session facilitated by David Nabarro, Advisory Committee Member of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit
  • Sébastien Treyer, Director General, IDDRI – Synthesis of collaborative virtual conversation 

Panel 1 : How should science and policy interface? 

  • Ermias Kebreab, Director, World Food Center, University of California 

  • Davis Olav Kjorven, Director, EAT Foundation 
  • Stefano Prato, Representative of the Civil Society Mechanism of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 
  • Claudia Sadoff, Executive Management Team Convener and Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact, CGIAR 
  • Rick White, Chair of the International Agri-Food Network, Coordinator of the Private Sector Mechanism to the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 

Panel 2 : How can science best contribute to food systems transformation, in the context of the UNFSS 2021 and beyond? 

  • Akissa Bahri, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Fishing of Tunisia 
  • Patrick Child, Deputy Director General, Research and Innovation, European Commission 
  • Ismahane Elouafi, Chief Scientist, FAO 
  • Mariatou Koné, Minister of Solidarity, Social Inclusion and Fight against Poverty of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire 
  • Michel Miraillet, Director General, Globalisation, Culture, Education and International Development, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France 
  • Thanawat Tiensin, Chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 


  • Philippe Augé, President, University of Montpellier 
  • Michaël Delafosse, President, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole 
  • Frédérique Vidal, Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation of France

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