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Food pavilions to join forces, promoting Action On Food at COP29 and beyond

06 Jun 2024

A new initiative to join together three food pavilions at COP into one Action On Food hub, representing the whole food systems community, has launched today at the Bonn Climate Conference SB60.

Last year at COP28, the Food Systems Pavilion, Food4Climate Pavilion and Future Economy Forum Pavilion all ran separate activities and thematic programmes. This year, in order to further increase collaboration and provide more opportunities for the food community to engage with the international climate negotiations, the three pavilions will be joining forces and will operate within one pavilion space, the Action on Food Hub.

    The Action on Food hub will actively engage with the international climate negotiations – ensuring food systems are seen as solutions to the climate crisis and support the development of specific policy outcomes which work to the transition to healthier, sustainable, just and resilient food systems for all.

    Importantly, it will create an inclusive space for dialogues, collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders from across the entire food system, and actively elevate the voice of marginalised communities.

    The Action on Food Hub will be divided into three main areas: a plenary space (managed by the Food Systems Partnership), a roundtable space (managed by the Future Economy Forum) and a policy zone (managed by the Food4Climate Community).

    The Food Systems Pavilion is an activity of the Food Systems Partnership, of which EIT Food is the secretariat. The Food4Climate Community is coordinated by ProVeg International, a global organisation promoting plant-based food systems. Future Economy Forum is a multi- sector platform that advances regenerative agriculture, industry and finance solutions.

    Call open for expressions of interest for thematic programming

    We are now accepting expressions of interest from multistakeholder consortia for programmatic themes for the plenary and roundtable spaces in the Action on Food hub. We are committed to inclusive dialogue and so will prioritise applications from multistakeholder consortia which are balanced and that actively involve actors from the global south, farming and youth communities in the development and delivery of the programme.

    Applications for programmatic themes will be available as a package or as individual sessions. To reduce the financial cost of programming for each organisation, it is envisioned that the costs will be shared amongst the consortia members.

    Expressions of interest should be submitted here before 5 July 2024. The Action on Food hub team will then be in touch to help consortia develop their applications.

    The closing date for applications following the expression of interest will be 4 August 2024 and we are planning to notify successful consortia before the end of August 2024.

    Programming and sponsorship costs

    In order to pay for the space for the Action on Food hub, we are currently fundraising.

    EIT Food, ProVeg International and Future Economy Forum are donating their time to convene and resource the space. The Action on Food hub is open to the whole food community at COP, and we do not want price to be a barrier to participation, and we hope that the requirement of multistakeholder consortia will enable organisations to share costs.

    • Thematic programming package: including five plenary and two roundtable sessions = 80k USD
    • Thematic programming individual sessions: in the plenary space = 10k USD/hr
    • Thematic programming individual sessions: in the roundtable space = 15k USD/1.5hr

    We are also looking for high level sponsorship from foundations, funding bodies and NGOs, so please contact us if you would like to support this initiative.

    For further information please contact the secretariat of the Food Systems Pavilion at