Chair’s Summary: United Nations Food Systems Summit
The 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit is an extension of the United States’ long-standing leadership and investment to end hunger, malnutrition and poverty and build more sustainable, equitable and more sustainable food systems. resilient. During the United Nations General Assembly, President Biden outlined the US $ 10 billion commitment in multi-year initiatives to strengthen food security and nutrition for all, accelerate mitigation and adaptation to climate change and expand inclusive food systems at home and abroad, especially for the most vulnerable. The Administration looks forward to working with Congress to advance these critical initiatives.
At the United Nations Food Systems Summit, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and USAID Administrator Samantha Power reinforced the United States’ commitment to work with national and international partners to fight hunger and poverty and build more sustainable, equitable and resilient food systems at home and abroad. This virtual summit, which brought together thousands of participants, including UN Member States, representatives of the private sector, farmers, producers and civil society participants, focused on concrete actions to transform food systems to accelerate progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The Summit underscored the need for systems change. World leaders have supported the promotion of holistic and inclusive food systems-based approaches to poverty reduction, nutrition, resilient and reliable agricultural production, resource conservation, and climate change mitigation and adaptation . The Summit highlighted the current threats of COVID-19, conflict and climate change that have already increased poverty, hunger and malnutrition across the world. He focused the world’s attention on addressing these challenges and promoting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for the health of the planet and the well-being of current and future generations. The inclusive approach of this “People’s Summit” opened the door to various stakeholders and cooperation between key actors, including civil society, farmers, agricultural and food workers, entrepreneurs, the private sector and governments – who must all work together to achieve the food goal. systems transformation.
In preparation for the Summit, the US government hosted three National Dialogues on US Food Systems that brought together hundreds of diverse stakeholders to discuss the challenges and opportunities for transforming the food system in the United States. Discussions during the dialogues focused on the priorities of the Biden-Harris administration and those of the United Nations Food Systems Summit: food security and nutrition for all; mitigation and adaptation to climate change; and inclusive and equitable food systems that meet the needs of the most vulnerable by empowering young people, women and disadvantaged communities.
Of the $ 10 billion in planned U.S. investments highlighted at the summit, $ 5 billion is aimed at strengthening food systems in the United States, including through investments in systems and infrastructure to ensure the access to healthy food for all Americans, and investments in fair and efficient markets to improve the inclusiveness and resilience of our food systems. Other planned investments support the expansion of climate-smart agriculture and forestry.
During the summit, Secretary Vilsack noted in his remarks “We must use the power of ingenuity to improve food systems to provide safe, nutritious, affordable and accessible food for all, while conserving natural resources and addressing the climate crisis. “
The United States, in conjunction with Congress, also intends to invest $ 5 billion over five years to support Feed the Future, the US government’s initiative against hunger and food security in the world, which aims to reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition. As part of the Feed the Future expansion, the American International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has set a goal of funding $ 1 billion in food security and agriculture, research and development programs. food fortification.
The power of the administrator said “With new investments and a new strategy, Feed the Future aims to contribute to a 20% reduction in poverty and stunting in target countries over the next five years. But the United States alone cannot end hunger – no country can. We need the support of foundations and food scientists, donors and development agencies, private companies and partner countries, not only to feed the future, but to build a future where hunger does not exist. is more than a distant memory.
Other commitments include the launch of the Global Coalition on Sustainable Productivity Growth for Food Security and Resource Conservation sustainably feed the world, reduce poverty, achieve our global environmental goals and tackle climate change; advance the Agricultural innovation mission for the climate, a global initiative to accelerate investments in agriculture-based climate solutions; and join coalitions to fight food loss and waste and to extend school feeding programs to children around the world. The United States is also committed to sharing its expertise and experience in scientific innovation, technology and development to help countries move forward on their own path to end hunger and malnutrition and build sustainable food systems. , resilient and equitable.