People’s wellbeing is determined by a healthy and nutritious diet, safe food and
access to safe drinking water. However, children in developing countries face a
triple burden of malnutrition (undernutrition, overnutrition and micronutrient
deficiencies). This threats the survival, growth and development of children,
economies and society as a whole. Globally, 20 percent disability-adjusted life
years are lost due to malnutrition, more than any other contributor and poor
diet contributes to 6 of the top 10 risk factors for the global burden of
disease. About 100 million cases of foodborne diseases (FBDs) are reported every
year, and unsafe food costs the country an estimated $15 billion a year. Unsafe
foods containing pathogenic microorganisms and toxic chemicals are responsible
for more than 200 diseases from diarrhoea to cancer. Hence it becomes important
to implement effective food safety programmes and traceability solutions as well
as access to safe drinking water for all.
This session will focus on understanding the enablers which will allow for a sustainable food system towards heathier consumption by people across their life course.
Inclusive business models enable the responsible integration of small-scale
markets with the underlying principle that there are mutual benefits for them
and the private
sector. It addresses the needs of low-income groups by providing goods,
livelihoods on a commercially viable basis, either at scale or scalable, to
people living at the
base of the economic pyramid by integrating them as a part of the company’s
Several forms of inclusive business models are gaining prominence under the
sector, ranging from production enhancing models through capacity building on
practices, contact farming models with assured market linkages, enhancing price
through technology interventions, etc.
The session will focus on showcasing the various forms of inclusive business models which are proving to be successful globally, the benefits they provide both to industry as well as farmers, and deliberate on opportunities towards scaling up towards maximising impact.
Empowering and better price realization for producers and other actors in the
value chain is crucial for a prosperous food system. This can be achieved
through better terms of trade, cooperation, and most importantly,
collectivisation of farmers. Further, promoting and enabling of primary
processing towards enhancing rural incomes through value addition will help
secure livelihoods of the people.
Focusing on local employment is a crucial enabler towards prosperity, hence there should be efforts on developing local employment and entrepreneurial opportunities and maintaining biologically diverse landscapes for sustainable intensification of agriculture. The food systems transformation should be anchored around the small and medium-scale production, family farmers, indigenous peoples, women and workers in food value chains to advance equitable livelihood.
This session will look at understanding the enablers which will allow for a gender responsive food system that empowers farming communities towards better price realisation for producers alongside stable prices for consumers, allowing for a prosperous ecosystem.
Micronutrient deficiencies cause morbidity and mortality in individuals,
potential worldwide. We now know that the three-decade old estimation that over
people worldwide are affected by micronutrient deficiencies (based on estimated
prevalence) is a gross underestimation of the actual prevalence of micronutrient
It is estimated that 56% of children 6 – 59 months and 69% of non-pregnant women
– 49 years worldwide have at least one form of micronutrient deficiency. Also
hidden hunger, it affects a significant portion of the population globally,
regardless of income
Micronutrient deficiencies can be prevented and even eliminated if optimal quantities of micronutrients are consumed by populations on a regular basis. The three key strategies identified to address micronutrient deficiencies (MNDs) are: (a) dietary diversification and improvement; (b) micronutrient supplementation, and (c) food fortification. Concerted, holistic efforts are needed to understand, mobilize action and resources across partners to bring about tangible impact.
This session deliberates on the key strategies and proven interventions that hold promise to mitigate micronutrient deficiencies at the population level. Also, it brings together key partners from the government, research agencies/ think tanks, and the private sector to discuss key takeaways and evidence-based strategies, with specific focus on low-and- middle income countries.
Today's food system is faced with the dual challenge of improving
productivity while also
being environmentally friendly. Therefore, there is a need to adopt farming
practices that are
more nature-friendly and biodiversity-supporting, which involves limiting the
use of inputs
and promoting polyculture farming practices. There is a growing acknowledgement
significance of incorporating agro-ecological practices in food production. This
potentially reconcile productivity and sustainability by promoting biodiversity,
degradation, restoring ecosystem services, and ultimately strengthening the food
system. The mounting evidence shows that agro-ecological practices such as
pollination and soil regeneration can lead to an increase in food production.
various initiatives undertaken separately to restore pollination, soil health
many countries including India. The need of the hour is to stitch a system level
embracing complexity, overcoming the silos and integrate interconnectedness
nature and production system.
To bring about the necessary transformation, it is essential to have a robust collaboration among multiple stakeholders and levels involving researchers, farmers, governments, policy institutions, and civil society organizations. This collaboration will expand the knowledge base. Additionally, businesses and financial institutions have a significant role in mainstreaming agroecological practices in the agro food supply chain. The agro food sector, as part of the market value chain, has the potential to create new opportunities, improve the production system, de risking the supply sources and become a transformative force in institutionalizing change.
Food items available in Informal markets like open markets, wet markets, small
roadside eateries, and street food are affordable and generally nutritious food
accessible to all. However, there are high food safety risks involved in
perishable food items,
food of animal origin and freshly produced food. There is hence a need to create
structured ecosystem comprising of awareness, training and certification,
hygiene ratings of informal markets covering street food clusters, fruits and
markets and other clusters. These should be coupled with harmonisation with
standards like Codex and governance at the national regulatory level. An
public private partnerships is also the need of the hour to take a national
This session will focus on ways to expand the reach of such initiatives through implementation of a framework and establishing stakeholder partnerships to execute these. The aim is to spread the good practices model to low and middle-income countries that have a high degree of informality in merchandising food products and facilitate development and execution of a global framework and national roadmaps.
Youth represent the best opportunity for our planet’s immediate future, yet their health and welfare are beset by enormous challenges. The food environment around them is changing rapidly, and climate change, conflict, and disease are causing an escalation of the speed of change. For teenagers, food choice is an expression of autonomy, motivated by social influences and the desire for agency. How teenagers make their decisions about obtaining, procuring, and consuming food is different from any other age group. This session, designed by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, will highlight ways to improve the food environment for adolescents in a way that benefits people, planet, and prosperity. Participants will be inspired by practical advice and countries’ experiences with policies and actions to address the challenges facing the adolescent food environment.
Globally, the farm sector contributes to almost one-third of all greenhouse gas
emissions. This includes CO 2 emissions due to the conversion of natural
forest land and natural peatlands to agriculture use and non- CO 2 emissions
methane) from livestock activities and crop production.
The total global emissions from agriculture and related activities reached 9.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (Gt CO 2 eq) in 2018. While land use change activities were responsible for nearly 4 Gt CO 2 eq, livestock farms contributed 5.3 Gt CO 2 eq. which was more than half of the total emissions. Of the non- CO 2 emissions, enteric fermentation (39 percent), livestock manure (20 percent), synthetic fertilizers (13 percent) and rice cultivation (10 percent), were the highest contributors. The livestock sector alone was a major contributor to an extent of two-thirds of total non- CO 2 emissions. The Global Methane Pledge (GMP) targets to achieve at least a 30 percent reduction in anthropogenic emission of Methane by 2030 as compared to 2020. There is a need to take up initiatives across the agriculture supply chain through innovations and technologies which can bring down the GHG emissions.
The information technology revolution is changing the face of agriculture.
investments especially on research and development as well as Governments’
regularly engage with all stakeholders to get feedback and reorient policies
mutually desired objectives are creating a framework for enhanced cooperation
different parties. These efforts become extremely critical given the threat of
and the need to increase global food production by 60% to 70% in the next three
Action on climate change is also closely aligned with the Sustainable
(SDGs), including SDG 1, SDG 2, and SDG 13, SDG 14, and SDG 15.
Given the above background, the thematic session will provide a platform to deep dive into emerging areas of cooperation in genome editing, plant breeding, food processing, packaging, traceability, value addition, enhancing shelf life and reducing food waste amongst others. The session will also dwell into a framework for deployment of next generation technology under a collaborative approach in the G20 countries.
The session will showcase successful examples around acceleration of technology deployment in agri & foods sector from across G20 countries. Focus will also be on interventions around leveraging Digital Technologies to deliver state-of-the-art Products and Services to Small Farmers and MSMEs Food Technopreneurs.
Food and cooking are central threads running through the cultural fabric of
civilizations. The art of transforming raw ingredients into delicious dishes
captures the age-old wisdom driving nutrition and health. Over a century of
the reductionist pursuit of the molecular correlates of food, nutrition, and
health has highlighted the need for a holistic approach. Food and nutrition
science is poised at a point of inflection with the increasing availability
of culinary data and breath-taking progress in artificial intelligence.
Computational gastronomy presents an all-new paradigm for the data-driven investigation of food, flavours, nutrition, and health. This new science of food enables data-driven innovations through a structured compilation of culinary data and the application of computational strategies. Making food computable promises to transform the food landscape for better public health, nutrition, and a sustainable future. This event on ‘data science and food’ will deliberate on the challenges and opportunities for realizing the data-driven future of food.
Growing food demand on one hand and environmental challenges associated with
climate change, land degradation, and biodiversity loss on the other, are
increasing pressure on the food systems. This calls for using innovative
approach of circular food economy for developing the food systems. The
circular food economy principle aims to reduce waste, conserve resources,
and create a more sustainable and equitable food systems for all. Unlike the
traditional linear food system, the circular food economy ensures that no
food is wasted, rather the waste material including by-products are used for
as long as possible, minimizing waste and maximizing the value of resources.
With this, the food production, processing, and consumption are designed to
be regenerative, restorative, and resilient by using renewable energy
sources, minimizing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing food waste, and
designing products and processes that are biodegradable or
This session will explore the circular economy concept from its origins and benefits, and how it can be applied to transform the food systems. The session aims to find pathways to create a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient food system that meets the needs of all people, while preserving the planet for future generations.
The role of innovations and their actual deployment is integral to accelerate
the adoption of
technologies at farm level. Developing an open and inclusive data and
digital ecosystem is
an important element for innovation in this space. Lessons from across the
world also call for
building a robust Agri-tech policy framework which includes collaboration
between all market
participants. Cross-country collaboration on Agri-tech technologies and
could also be driven through such a policy framework. This requires
geographies, within and beyond the country borders, and across the public,
The session will discuss opportunities created by the open data architecture; experiences around architecting digital systems and ecosystems; need for developing standards and protocols for data sharing as well as cooperation needed for enabling cross-border transactions.
Despite food sufficiency, the problem of malnutrition continues to be a major
challenge worldwide. Modern nutritional sciences adopt a single-nutrient
approach. While this has been helpful in many cases, a single-nutrient
approach in the pathogenesis of lifestyle diseases and several other
diseases has failed us.
While the scientific understanding of nutrition and food is undeniably invaluable and unquestionable to our health and medical systems, the right approach and application are critical. The answer perhaps lies in our knowledge of traditional diets as in Ayurveda revisiting the paradigm of food as medicine, which is centuries old.
Several traditional concepts like hot & cold foods, food timing, seasonal foods & digestive rest, the gut connection, the importance of the microbiome, etc. thus are finding greater acceptance today. The concept of dysbiosis - imbalanced gut flora, leading to deficiencies (malabsorption) and then to disorders and disease offers a practical and promising solution. There is a need to build interlinkages between modern medicine and traditional knowledge systems.
Currently, global food loss and waste is at an epidemic level, with
approximately one-third of the food supply produced for human consumption
worldwide being lost or wasted. This coupled with the fact that the world
population expected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050, global food production
systems are stressed.
According to the United Nations, 14 percent of food produced is lost between harvest and retail, while an estimated 17 percent of total global food production is wasted (11 percent in households, 5 percent in the food service and 2 percent in retail). Food that is lost and wasted accounts for 38 percent of total energy usage in the global food system. Further, when food is lost/wasted, all resources that go into the production of that food, including land, water, energy human capital, are all wated.
Thus, reducing food loss and waste is imperative to the sustainability of food systems. Strategic actions are needed both at the global as well as local levels towards maximising utility of food produced.
This session will discuss the various enablers such as innovative technologies, digital markets, efficient and sustainable infrastructure, inventive supply chain models, social initiatives, etc. which can be leveraged towards ensuring reduced food loss and waste.
The UN Food System Summit 2021 called for responsible investments in
agriculture and food systems that can help improve food security, better
nutrition outcomes, and sustainable development. A wide range of
stakeholders including high impact food entrepreneurs, key investment
players, and policymakers from the government can undertake these
The session will bring together vital stakeholders involved in the financing for agriculture, food, and nutrition, with a focus on emerging markets. These will include high-impact food entrepreneurs, key players in the investment community, private sector leaders, and policy actors from government, civil society, and international organizations. The session aims to help create a roadmap for reframing the dialogue around agri-food, nutrition, and sustainable development.
Globally, philanthropy has contributed significantly to social sector
spending. In India, its relative share is small, but is continuously
growing. In the year 2020, private-sector funding increased by 23 percent to
about INR 64,000 crore compared to INR 52,000 crore funding in 2019.
Private-sector funding stems from four sources: foreign contributions
accounting for a quarter of all funding, domestic corporation donations,
also known as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funding, accounting for
28 percent, retail investors (5 crore donations each) accounting for 28
percent and the balance (about 20 percent) coming from family philanthropy.
While much of philanthropic contribution goes to education and health care, nutrition gets a relatively small share. Food system transformation that falls at the intersection of public health, environment, education, and environmental sustainability is yet to receive any attention.
Given that philanthropy is becoming a new area of focus, the session aims to sensitize the donor community regarding the potential opportunity and also support the implementing agencies to design projects and interventions that would fall under this category.