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UN Food Systems Summit 2021
UN Food Systems Summit 2021

UN Food Systems Summit 2021

We are partnering with the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 to build a global food system that benefits all. Explore how EIT Food is supporting the UN FSS.

The current state of the food system is a leading cause of some of the biggest challenges that our world is facing, from climate change, pollution and waste, to malnutrition, disease and obesity.

Food systems challenges are complex and no country or organisation will be able to solve them alone.

We have just eight years left (until 2030) to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we have to move together towards these goals, leaving no one behind.

What is the UN Food Systems Summit 2021?

The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the SDGs by 2030. The Summit will launch bold new actions to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies to some degree on healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems.

Find out more about the UNFSS Action Areas here.  

What is EIT Food’s role at the UNFSS?

Supported by the EU, EIT Food leads Europe’s largest and most dynamic food innovation community. We accelerate innovation to build a future-fit food system that produces healthy and sustainable food for all.​ We are excited to collaborate with the UNFSS to accelerate achievement of the SDGs in this Decade of Action to deliver game-changing solutions that transform the food system, from farm to fork. 

Collaborating with our industry, retail, research, civil society and policy partners, we are launching the most comprehensive and scientifically-sound environmental food labelling initiative, Enviroscore, as part of the UNFSS drive for game-changing solutions. After three years of collaboration on data collection, life cycle analysis methodology development, design, consumer co-creation and insights, our eco-impact score will provide much needed information to consumers to increase their awareness about the environmental impact of the food that they consume. 

Our community of experts are also leading initiatives that:

How you can support the UNFSS ambitious goals

  • As an agrifood entrepreneur developing people-centric and systemic innovations, find out how you can get involved here. 
  • As part of the future generation of food entrepreneurs, find out how you can get involved through our work in schools and universities here.
  • As an expert in the food system, you can become a food systems hero to learn, share, gather and act for food systems transformation. Find out more here.
  • Join the conversation on social media by using #UNFSS2021 and tagging EIT Food on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • As a medical doctor or professional, you can take part in our online course on nutrition and nutrition interventions, launching in July 2021 at the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit. The course has been produced by the University of Reading, the University of Torino, the University of Hohenheim, the University of Groningen, IMDEA Food Institute and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), in collaboration with experts from Harvard University and the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). Composed of 12 hours of learning broken down in three weeks, learners can study at their own pace, at any time, on any device. Register here.


Collaborate with us to make the Food Systems Summit a success. Get Involved here. 

Collaborate with us to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Get Involved here. 

UNFSS events led by EIT Food - Dialogues

Our consumer facing platform, FoodUnfolded, is connecting diverse stakeholders and millennials through a series of Food Systems Summit Dialogues. 

Why We Need Water Ethics - Managing Water Use In The Mediterranean - 9 June 2021

Exploring the issue of water scarcity and the ethical frameworks we need to change our future water management and consumption so everyone can get access to this resource.

Who should attend?

  • Small-scale/large-scale farmers
  • People involved in water use research and development 
  • Water management researchers
  • Innovation startups in irrigation and water use
  • Food security researchers
  • Aquaponics farmers
  • Wastewater recyclers
  • Citizens involved in urban farming
  • Urban farming organisers
  • Climate change researchers (with the Mediterranean as the area of focus of their research)
  • Environmental science students and professors
  • EIT Food representatives
  • Local municipalities representatives (dealing with water in one way or another)
  • Civil engineers/hydro engineers
  • Science journalists.

The True Cost Of Food: Accessibility To Sustainable & Healthy Diets For Everyone - 16 June 2021

How can we take into account the environmental, social and human dimensions of value into food chains?

Who should attend?

French, Spanish and/or English speaking:

  • Farmers/producers (different regions, different types)
  • Innovators (startups/young entrepreneurs)
  • Big food industry (via EIT Food)
  • Civil society organisation
  • Scientists
  • Retailers
  • Policy makers
  • Journalists
  • Distribution/trading/logistics.

Sustainability: Just A Buzzword? - 19 June 2021

Redefining the fundamentals of sustainability between consumers and stakeholders in industry, research, and policy.

Who should attend?

  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Agriculture (farmers and innovators)
  • Lobbying
  • Public sector/NGOs.

Aquaculture: Can It Sustainably Feed The World? -  30 June 2021

Can farmed seafood (aquaculture) offer a resilient, globally inclusive and sustainable option to address growing nutritional demands and limited wild supplies?

Who should attend?

  • Aquaculture tech/innovation startups 
  • Alternative feed researchers 
  • Sustainability label representatives 
  • NGOs in the fisheries space 
  • Farmers or aquaculture technicians 
  • Animal rights representatives 
  • Traceability specialists/researchers
  • Insect feed producers
  • Algae producers.

Leave No-One behind: The Transition To Sustainable Agriculture - 3 July 2021

Exploring how sustainable food production can go hand in hand with protecting the livelihoods of those who work in the food industry.

Who should attend?

Categories related to the meat, soy, fish, cheese, dairy or palm oil sectors:

  • Smallholder/artisanal/traditional producers, or producers who have been in the industry for generations
  • Medium/large-scale producers and companies
  • On-the-ground workers
  • Producers who have changed practice in order to reduce their impact (e.g. regenerative farmers)
  • Ex-producers who moved into working in something different but related (e.g. fisherman turned seaweed farmer)
  • People involved in food processing
  • Innovators who are trying to make production more sustainable (e.g. seaweed feed to reduce methane emissions from cattle)
  • Innovators working on more sustainable alternatives that could replace a food (e.g. palm oil replacement)
  • People involved in setting policy/regulations around how food is produced (particularly if related to sustainability)
  • Scientists/researchers/NGOs involved in assessing the sustainability of how these foods are produced
  • Retailers.

Collaborate with us to make the Food Systems Summit a success. Get Involved here. 

Collaborate with us to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Get Involved here. 

Other dialogues

Role of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Creating the Future Food System

Encourage SMEs in your network to join the UN Dialogue on the Role of SMEs in Creating the Future Food System. 

This dialogue will be in English and it will take place on 10th June.

You can find more information here

Register here


The following partners are involved in the project

United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021

Project Lead

Barbaros Corekoglu

EIT Food

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