Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Friday, April 30, 2021

UNFSS: Transforming food systems with aquatic foods

30 April 2021.Transforming food systems with aquatic foods: Access to sustainable, safe and nutritious food for all
The events, co-hosted by the Norwegian leadership of the Global Action Network and WorldFish, aim to bridge the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition and the Decade of Ocean Science to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.

In the lead up to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, the Global Action Network, Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition will hold a series of three Independent Dialogues in an effort to include aquatic foods as key solutions for food and nutrition security. The events, co-hosted by the Norwegian leadership of the Global Action Network and WorldFish, aim to bridge the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition and the Decade of Ocean Science to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.

In this first dialogue, experts and high-level representatives from research, policy and development will showcase possible solutions and discuss ways to scale good ideas as part of the summit’s Action Track 1, which aims to ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all. The panelists will take a holistic approach combining knowledge on different aspects of food systems and consider key actions needed for aquatic foods to be a central part of a sustainable food systems transformation.
  • Sir Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, Minister of Fisheries and Seafood, Norway- Opening remarks 
  • Prof Hettie Schönfeldt, Director, Centre of Excellence for Food Security, University of Pretoria
  • Merete Tandstad, Senior Program Coordinator of the EAF-Nansen Programme, FAO
  • Dr. Arun Padiyar, Project Manager, Sustainable Aquaculture, WorldFish, India
  • Dr António Marques, Project Coordinator, Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere
Connecting research and policy: How do we scale up good solutions
  • Prof Sissel Rogne, Managing Director (CEO), The Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
  • Lana Weidgenant, Vice Chair, Action Track 2: Shift to sustainable consumption patterns
  • Dr. Naoko Yamamoto, Assistant Director General for Universal Health Coverage; Chair, UN Nutrition
  • Dr. Manuel Barange, Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division, FAO
  • Closing remarks: Dr. Lawrence Haddad, Chair, Action Track 1: Access to safe and nutritious food for all
  • Moderator: Kristian Teleki, Director, Head of Secretariat, High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy
This event will be opened and closed by Head of the Global Action Network Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition, Senior Adviser at the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Anita Utheim Iversen. She leads the Global Action Network’s efforts in facilitating the disseminating knowledge and experiences between Member States on effective policies and actions to ensure sustainable fishery and aquaculture practices.

Follow Global Action Network, WorldFish and the hashtag #aquaticfoods

Upcoming webinars May and beyond

4 May 2021. Gender-Responsive Investments in Africa's Agriculture for Inclusive Food Systems by AWARD and FARA

4 May 2021.10:00 am - 11:00 am EST.  A New Era for Climate Change and Food Security? FAO/US

4 May 2021. 15:30 CEST CGIAR COVID-19 Hub Seminar: COVID-19 and Implications for One Health Research Co-Organized by CGIAR COVID-19 Hub and IFPRI

4 May 2021.  2pm CET, UN Food Systems Summit - Action Track 1 Public Forum
Action Track 1 (AT1) strives to identify game-changing ideas to transform food systems and achieve the goal of ensuring access to safe and nutritious food for all. This third Public Forum will focus on the role UN Member States can play in relation to the game-changing ideas AT1 is developing.

4 May 2021. Impact of Paradigm Shifts on the Development of Agricultural Mechanization in SSA: A Case Study of Farm Power. The virtual Webinar series is organized by: FAO, AUC, African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT)

5 May 2021. 14:30 - 16:30 CEST High-level virtual event to release the 2021 Global Report on Food Crises

5 May 2021. 14:00 - 15:00 CEST  Digital agriculture and the rural poor Challenges and opportunities in delivering results by IFAD. Panellists will share progress and highlight key challenges and opportunities in the implementation of digital agricultural advisory services for smallholder farmers in Kenya, Pakistan, and Nigeria.

7 May 2021. 2:00pm to 3:30pm CEST. Launch event - The role of aquatic foods in sustainable healthy diets.  

8 May 2021. Independent UNFSS Dialogue Accelerating Adoption of Technology, IOT, and Industry 5.0 approaches to climate smart and resilient agriculture development in the Caribbean.

Experts from around the world will discuss the history, preservation, education and future of draft animals.

11 May, 2021. UNFSS Independent Dialogue. Garantir les Droits Fonciers pour des Systèmes Alimentaires Durables et Inclusifs - Afrique/EMENA

12 May 2021. UNFSS Independent Dialogue Farmers’ Perspectives, from Seeds to Food, Reg-II, Harare, Zimbabwe

12 May 2021. 14:30 CEST How to transition to nutrition-sensitive and sustainable food systems. organized by the FAO elearning Academy, Agreenium (French training and research alliance for agriculture, food, environment and global health), UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), and Future Food Institute.

Incl. as speaker: Leonard Mizzi, European Commission Head of Unit for Sustainable Agri-food Systems and Fisheries at DG INTPA

13 May 2021. 12:00 to 13:30 Transforming Food Systems After COVID-19. European Commission Discussion of IFPRI’s 2021 Global Food Policy Report by External Cooperation InfoPoint

13 May 2021. 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CEST Expanding the Protein & Oil Landscape for African Agro-Processors  by Soybean Innovation Lab. From cooking oil to poultry feed, information about protein and oil content in soybean is essential for processors, and yet access to analysis technology is severely limited in Africa.

14-16 May 2021. First Hybrid Conference on Aquaculture in West Africa 

17 May 2021. UNFSS Independent Dialogue East and Southern Africa Dialogue for Strengthening Food Systems Research and Innovation - Kampala, Uganda

17 May, 2021. UNFSS Independent Dialogue Dialogues independants sur le renforcement des systèmes alimentaires suivant les normes de production et de consommation durable en Afrique Cotonou, Benin


18 May 2021 Webinar series on operationalization of the Framework for Sustainable Agriculture
Mechanization in Africa (F-SAMA)

18 May 2021. The Permagarden Pathway to Resilience and Food Security. The Home Gardens for Resilience and Recovery (HG4RR) network organizes each 3rd Tuesday of the month, 14:00-15:00 CET (Berlin Time), for a webinar series focused on the challenges and opportunities of home garden interventions and evaluation in crisis and humanitarian settings.

18 May, 2021. UNFSS Independent Dialogue Transforming Pastoralism sustainably and innovatively to address key drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition: A Multisector dialogue from Kenya’s Frontier Counties Nairobi, Kenya

18 May, 2021. UNFSS Independent Dialogue. Multisectoral food system actions: Ensuring Africa’s capacity to generate the needed evidence. Nairobi, Kenya

18 May, 2021. UNFSS Independent Dialogue Transforming Accra’s City-Region Food System through Robust Rural-Urban Linkages Accra, Ghana

19 May 2021. 1600 to 1715 CEST, Agri finance for transformation: Partnering along sustainable value chains

19 May 2021.  8-10 am ET. Mobilizing Resilient Community-led Food Systems. organised by the Movement for Community-led Development, with Jemima Njuki, Director for Africa, IFPRI

19 May 2021 | 10:30 am – 14:00 pm CET. 2nd Raising Awareness Event of the LEAP4FNSSA Project

19 May 2021 25+ Members of the UN Food Systems Champions Network
Join IFAD, Food Tank, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food and the Champions Network for the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit for a series of panel discussions to explore how to transform and strengthen the world’s food systems.

19 May 2021. 14.00 – 15.30 hours (Central European Time, CET/GMT +1) Nature-based solutions for Fall Army Worm management. 
By FAO. Speakers include experts from EMBRAPA, icipe and ICRAF.

19 May 2021. Role of Micronutrients in Child Growth and Development bY fEED THE FUTURE/usaid

20 May 2021. 12:00-14:00 (GMT) Sustainable food systems: the key role of SMEs and businesses. by COLEACP/PAFO

20 May 2021. 14:00-16:00 CAT/ 12:00-14:00 GMT / 08:00 EDT/EST AGRISME Trade and Business Opportunities in the Global Value Chain. by AFAP

20 May 2021. Biotechnology, biofortification and healthy diets: food systems' interventions for enhanced nutrition. How biotechnology is essential towards crop biofortification and the socio-economic determinants for adopting biofortified varieties. Furthermore, the webinar shall discuss how scientists can promote biofortified crops and what strategies could be used by scientists and practitioners to integrate biofortification into broader food system interventions for healthy diets.

20 May 2021. 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST. Pollinating a Dynamic Economy: Prioritizing Pollinators for Better Food Systems 

20 May 2021 at 11:00-12:30. Ensuring Food Safety and Nutritional Quality of Foods
FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa (FAORNE) jointly with the FAO Food Systems and Food Safety Division (FAO ESF) 

20 May 2021. Traditional and Indigenous Foods for Food Systems Transformation in Africa Prof Linley Chiwona-Karltun, African Nutrition Society (ANS) and Dr Patrick Maundu, IUNS Task Force on Traditional and Indigenous Food Systems and Nutrition (TIFSaN)

20 May 2021. 5-8 PM CEST The Impacts of Industrial Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa: Next Steps for Research and Engagement by Brighter Green in partnership with the University of Western Cape

20 May, 2021. 12:00 PM East Africa Time Pollinator Health #WORLD BEE DAY

May 2021 - 9th Plenary meeting of the Latin America and the Caribbean Soil Partnership (date tbc)
May 2021 - 5th Plenary meeting of the African Soil Partnership (date tbc)

20 May, 2021. UNFSS. Independent Dialogue - Traditional and Indigenous Foods for Food Systems Transformation in Africa Nairobi, Kenya

20 May, 2021. UNFSS Independent Dialogue Development of Africa Manifesto and Plan of Action on Forgotten foods Accra, Ghana

20 May, 2021. UNFSS Independent Dialogue Vice Chancellors Forum: Towards a Common Voice from African Universities to the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 Kampala, Uganda

21 May 2021. FAO and the European Parliamentary Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition will host a Parliamentary Briefing "Achieving a sustainable Food Systems Transformation - Reflections for the UN Food Systems Summit"

24 May, 2021. Pre-UN Food Systems Summit 2021 Burundi National Dialogue. [English] [French][Registration]

24 May, 2021. Pre-UN Food Systems Summit 2021 DRC National Dialogue [English] [French][Registration]

25 May 2021, 10:00 – 13:00 (EAT). Accountability for the right to adequate food in Kenya: Pathways to sustainable, inclusive, resilient, and equitable food systems 

25 May 2021. 14:00 - 16:00 CEST. Agroecology & Extension. By GFRAS . Zoom Webinar ID: 847 2297 4960 ; password: GFRAS21
A series of 9 webinars is organised from 25 May to 10 June, in the run-up to a high-level event on 22 June. This event is hosted by the European Commission, back to back with the annual European Research & Innovation Days (23-24 June). Want to register for a webinar but it’s already full? Don’t worry, you can follow it live on YouTube.

25 May, 2021. UNFSS Independent Dialogue Supporting Sustainable Agri-Food Systems and Climate Action in Eastern and Southern Africa Pretoria, South Africa

26 May 2021. 5 PM GMT +2. Remote Sensing Determination of Evapotranspiration webinar series | Session 9: SIMS (Satellite Irrigation Management Support) check the agenda and the speakers 

26 May 2021. Five routes to profitable sourcing from smallholder farmers: investor perspectives on the ‘deal’. The CASA Agri-Business Breakthrough Webinars series.  This webinar builds on the recent publication by the CASA Technical Assistance Facility which maps the landscape of investment in smallholder sourcing models. It explores investors’ perspectives on commercial viability and development impact of these sourcing model.

26 MAY 2021 from 14:00 to 16:00 GMT+2 The Role of Biobased Agricultural Solutions in Food Systems Transformation
Bioprotection Global (BPG) considers that the bioprotection industry (and biobased inputs* industry in general) does not have the visibility that it deserves in consideration to the potential added value that it can (and in some sectors and geographies is already delivering) to the agri-food systems including the primary production sector, the consumers, society and nature at large.

26 May, 2021. UNFSS Independent Dialogue Small Businesses: Good Food for All - Sub-Saharan Africa Nairobi, Kenya

26th May, 2021. Pre-UN Food Systems Summit 2021 Central Africa Dialogue. [English][French][Registration]

26 May, 2021. Independent Dialogue When systems fail, reimagine them. The role of MEALS in reimagining a food system that Africa wants– by 2030 Accra, Ghana

26 May 2021.Transforming agricultural innovation - webinar series
the UK—as part of its COP26 Presidency—engaged a new campaign ‘Transforming Agricultural Innovation for People, Nature and Climate’ to catalyse a step change in agricultural innovation. This component of the COP26 Nature Campaign is co-chaired by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

27 May 2021. 13.00-14.00 Organic agriculture and beyond – parallel Session Organic agriculture – a realistic pathway for the Global South? - Open FiBL Day

27 May 2021. Digital innovations for OneWorld without Hunger: GIZ approach and instruments By World Bank. Presenting different pathways to identify, promote and fund innovative digital concepts, ideas, and tools in sustainable rural development

27 May 2021. 11 AM GMT +2. FAO Water-Energy-Food webinar series 
Session 9: The WEF Nexus in the Jordan - Final Results, within the framework of the Water Scarcity Initiative 

27 May 2021. 11:00 AM WAT. Urban Farming Innovations for Africa with focus on Aquaponics - Aquaponics Value Addition to Fish Farming (Focus on Profitability, Sustainability and Empowerment).

27 May, 2021. UNFSS Independent Dialogue Small Businesses: Good Food for All - Brazil and Sub-Saharan Africa (Portuguese) Johannesburg, South Africa

27 May, 2021 UNFSS Independent Dialogue University – Policy Dialogue for Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems in Africa Kampala, Uganda

27-28 May 2021 from 13.30 to 16.00 hours (CET/Rome time). UN Decade of Family Farming online workshop. By FAO/IFAD. The Global Action Plan of the UNDFF (GAP) envisages the creation of 100 National Action Plans for Family Farming (NAPs) by 2024. 

28 May, 2021. Dealing with Inequalities in Food Systems: Conceptualizing a Right-based Approach to Food Systems Transformation.

28 May, 2021 Webinar for all organisations who work for a more regenerative food system, and are interested in joining Regeneration Mauritius as infrastructure partners. Regeneration Mauritius is a bold and ambitious effort to improve our food systems by creating a laboratory

28 May, 2021 Building Social Capital. AFSA Zoom event : the experience of the Community Managed Natural Farming (CMNF) programme in India.

28 May 2021. 2pm UK time/ 15:00 – 16:30 CEST. Hard work and hazard: Youth and the rural economy in Africa
Discussion about the book ‘Hard work and Hazard. Youth and the rural economy in AfricaOpens external’ edited by Dr. James Sumberg. The book is based on a multi-country, mixed-methods research programme in Africa that was funded by IFAD.

28 May 2021. 10 - 11:30 am ET. Mainstreaming Biodiversity-Sensitive Agriculture for Sustainable Food Systems. By FAO North America and the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment of France (INRAE)

This webinar is the second webinar of the Series of Global Webinars “Towards Resilient Family Farming - Solutions from producer organizations impacts” organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF), the Forest and Farm Facility, FAO Strategic Objective 3 Reduce Rural Poverty, FAO Office for South-South and Triangular Cooperation (OSS), and the FAO Regional office for Latin America.
  • 31/05 10:00 - 12:00 PM. The FNSSA Partnership: A model for AU-EU Cooperation
  • 31/05 14:00 - 15:30 PM . Opportunities for AU-EU Cooperation in Horizon Europe by European Commission
  • 01/06 09:00 - 11:00 AM. Clustering of FNSSA-related projects and outcomes based on harmonised researcher-user interests by SLU – RUFORUM
  • 01/06 11:00 AM - 13:00 PM .Food production, processing and safety by North West University
  • 01/06 13:00-15:00 PM. Fostering multi-stakeholder partnership engagement for impact on FNSSA: Lessons learnt from PAEPARD (2007-2018). By FARA-EAFF
  • 01/06 15:00-17:00 PM. The landscape of knowledge platforms on agri-food systems and climate change. An overview on existing and forthcoming experiences. By FOSC project
  • 02/06 09:00 - 11:00 AM. Keeping the FNSSA Partnership ‘Fit for Purpose’: lessons from studying & monitoring the Partnership. By LEAP4FNSSA / UniPID, WUR, Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • 02/06 11:00 AM - 13:00 PM. Sustainable and future agriculture in the African Continent. Durban University of Technology 
  • 02/06 13:00 - 15:00 PM. Frugal innovation: A new perspective on building an agribusiness. By EVERGROW
  • 02/06 15:00 - 17:00 PM. Engagement of central and eastern EU countries on Africa-EU Research and Innovation partnership in FNSSA. By CZU 
  • 03/06 09:00 - 11:00 AM. ICT for Agricultural Markets for Smallholder Farmers (ICT4A for Smallholder Farmers) By ICT4A for Smallholder Farmers
  • 03/06 11:00 AM - 13:00 PM. Partnerships and multistakeholder approaches for impact. By ColeACP
  • 03/06 13:00  - 15:00 PM. Imperative for a Soil Information System to inform decision making for Sustainable intensification (Soils4Africa) By Soils4Africa
  • 03/06 15:00 - 17:00 PM. Leveraging the DeSIRA initiative for agri-food systems transformation: building on and with your experience and lessons learnt (WUR – DESIRA LIFT). by WUR – DESIRA LIFT 
  • 04/06  09:00 - 11:00 AM. How research can better support innovation for the transformation of the agrifood systems in Africa? By European Commission
  • 04/06 11:00 AM – 13:00 PM. Diversity Management for Future R&I and Capacity Building Cooperation in FNSSA. By LEAP4FNSSA, Working Group: Actors, Alliances, and Policies 
  • 04/06 13:00-15:00 PM. Future orientations of the Partnership.

1 June 2021. Launch of The African Animal Breeders’ Network (AABNet). The AABNet (The African Animal Breeding Network) is a newly established pan African initiative to focus on capacity development and knowledge transfer for animal breeding, and creating innovations to support livestock genetic improvement in Africa. Incl. H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture and Dr Jimmy Smith DG ILRI. For more information, please visit www. African Animal Breeding Network (

1 June 2021. 3:00pm - 3:45pm (CEST). Unlocking $100 Billion For Restoring Africa’s Landscapes: How Do We Get There? by the World Resources Institute - governments have committed to begin restoring more than 100 million ha of degraded landscapes through the AFR100 Initiative and the Great Green Wall.

1-2 June 2021. A Restoration World Tour from the “4 per 1000” Fair during EU Green Week 2021
  • Stand 18: "Protecting Rain Forest in Democratic Republic of Congo (carbon sequestration) - The Shabunda Project" by GIERI Groupe d'Intervention pour l'Encadrement et la Réhabilitation Intégrale (Intervention Group for Supervision and Integral Rehabilitation).
  • Stand 59: "Regeneration of Nature through Income Generation for Local Communities in Malawi" by the Simpson foundation.
Table is a collaboration between the University of Oxford, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Wageningen University and Research, and it builds upon the work of the Food Climate Research Network. Incl Maryam Rahmanian, an international consultant on biodiversity and agroecology and member of the IPES Food Expert Panel, and Prof Sir Charles Godfray, director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford.

2 June, 2021. UNFSS Independent Dialogue Small Businesses: Good Food for All - Central and West 
Africa (French) Dakar, Senegal / Dialogue pour l’Afrique « Small Businesses: Good Food for All »

2 June, 2021. UNFSS Independent Dialogue Strengthening Food Systems transformation for increased productivity, inclusivity and resilience Kampala, Uganda

2 June 2021. 15:00 - 16:00 CEST Opportunities, challenges and ‘trade-offs’ in scaling agro-ecological practices - CCAFS WEBINAR SERIES | BUILDING EVIDENCE FOR TRANSFORMING AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION SYSTEMS UNDER CLIMATE CHANGE

2 June, 2021. 8:30-10:00AM EST. Session 1 - Dietary Assessment Challenges and Opportunities: Introducing the INDDEX24 Dietary Assessment Platform: This session will illuminate the critical need to draw on data, analytics, and evidence to understand and affect change across the food, health, and environmental sustainability nexus and global progress on these fronts. To learn more about The INDDEX Project please visit our website at:
  • Session 1: Mining threats in pastoralist areas (2 June, 08:30 - 9:15) – speaker Loupa Pius
  • Session 2: Pastoralist livelihoods in Africa (2 June, 20:15 - 21:00) – speaker Saverio Krätli
  • Session 3: Speaking truth to power: pastoralists’ advocacy (3 June, 13:00 - 13:45) – speaker Christina (Echi) Gabbert
  • Session 4: Global recognition of pastoralism and its future (3 June, 19:30 - 20:30) – speakers Loupa Pius, Ann Waters-Bayerand Margareta Lelea
Here are some news, podcasts and videos related to the conference:
The webinar will highlight the interlinked challenges of food security and accelerating climate change as well as showcase climate smart initiatives by awardees in the EC funded AgriFI portfolio. The webinar will entail discussions on the net effect of collaborations within government, SME's and other actors while exemplifying potential in different value chains.

04 June 2021 Committee on World Food Security (CFS)
The Special Session of the 48th Plenary of CFS will take place virtually on Friday, 4 June 2021 to endorse the CFS Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches.

8 June 2021. 9 AM EST: Enriching and Diversifying Diets.

8-9 June 2021. Food Safety Summit SA 2021 South Africa 

8 June 2021 02:00 to 11:00 GMT+2 (online) Organic Agriculture for Sustainable and Resilient Community Food Systems e-Dialogue
This e-dialogue/consultation shall discuss knowledge and experiences to mainstream the contributions of organic agriculture towards sustainable resilient community food systems that ultimately shall contribute to the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

9 June, 2021. Pre-UN Food Systems Summit 2021 Ministerial Dialogue Programme. [English][French[Arabic][Portuguese] By RUFORUM


9 June 2021. 9:00-10:30 AM ET. Innovative Metrics of Diet Quality in Low- and Middle-Income Settings by USAID/Feed the Future

10 June 2021. 11:00 AM CEST UN Dialogue on the Role of SMEs in Creating the Future Food System - funding opportunity: Best Small Business SME Competition: The competition is open to any small to medium sized enterprises doing all or most of its activities in the food system, in any country.

10-11 June 2021. 10th CGIAR System Council Meeting

14 June, 2021. UNFSS. Independent Dialogue Small Businesses: Good Food for All - Middle East and North Africa (Arabic) Cairo, Egypt

The title of this edition is "The Green Deal for a Sustainable Future".
The 14th edition of the European Development Days will be fully digital.
The agenda of EDD 2021 is now online:


15-17 June 2021. The Future of Food By Innovation Forum

17 June 2021: 1400 – 1600 CEST/CAT. Presentation on the findings of the research/mapping exercise of existing African Agroecological Enterprises (AAEs) and their service providers in Africa. By The Agroecology Fund (AEF) and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA). This project falls under Citizens and Agroecology Working Group (CAEWG). A two-hour call with the two leads on this programme, Jen Astone and Charles Mulozi.

17 June 2021 - Desertification and drought day - Launch of the Global Soil Salinity Map (GSSmap)


Session 10: Supporting Water-Energy-Food Nexus research and innovation in the EU-MPC region, within the framework of the Water Scarcity Initiative of the FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa.

17 June 2021. Session 2 - Using the INDDEX24 Dietary Assessment Platform: A Demo and DiscussionThis session will delve into more detail on the workings of the INDDEX24 Dietary Assessment Platform. To learn more about The INDDEX Project please visit our website at:
June 2021 - 2nd International network on fertilizers analysis meeting

21 June 2021. Pastoralism and climate change in West Africa: implications for policy and practice. hosted by the Institute of Development Studies, the University of Ghana, and the University for Development Studies

21 June 2021. WEBINAR: Pathways for the future of food systems in the Mediterranean
The CIHEAM; the FAO; the UfMs; the UN One Planet Network Sustainable Food Systems Programme and the PRIMA Foundation, are co-organising two Food Systems Summit Dialogues ( 27 April and 3 June 2021) aiming at advancing a common understanding of the complex environment of Sustainable Food Systems in the Mediterranean region (SFS MED).

22 - 24 June 2021 - 9th Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly and launch of the Global Soil Organic Carbon sequestration potential map

23 June 2021. 15:00 - 16:00 CEST Global investment gap in agricultural R&D

23 and 24 June 2021. European Research and Innovation Days 
This year’s edition will mark the official launch of Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027).

21-24 June 2021. Register now for ANH2021
  • The ANH Academy Week is a series of annual events that bring together the community of researchers, practitioners and policymakers working at the intersection of agriculture, food systems, nutrition and health. The objective of the ANH Academy Week is to foster knowledge exchange, innovation and learning around interdisciplinary ANH research. This year’s conference, ANH2021, consists of:
  • Learning Labs: Monday 21 – Thursday 24 June 2021
  • Research Conference: Tuesday 29 June - Thursday 1 July 2021
  • The Preliminary Programme for ANH2021 is now available here under the "Programme"

30 June 2021. Women in Agribusiness Forum

2-4 August 2021. Cairo, Egypt FI Africa 2021 Conference organised by MEFOSA - MENA Food Safety Associates for professionals from across the ingredients and packaging & processing technology spectrum, including those from F&B manufacturing, researchers, trade chancellors

6-12 September 2021. Intra African Trade Fair 2020

13 - 16 September 2021 - Global Symposium on Salt-Affected Soils

13-17 September 2021 Land Commons virtual conference 

September 2021 - Second Plenary meeting on soil spectroscopy (date tbc)

13-15 October 2021. 1st Conference on Farmer-Centric On-Farm Experimentation
28-30 September 2021. Agri4D Online Conference 2021. Food Systems for New Realities. by SLU/Sweden. Registration is free of charge and will open in June 2021. Call for abstracts closes 31/05.
Theme 2 of the Agri4D conference focuses on the role for smallholders within inclusive food systems that will enable rural and urban (producer and consumer) food and nutrition security. There is tremendous potential for smallholders to benefit from the current changes occurring within rural-urban food systems as greater proportions of developing country populations shift to being net purchasers of food, and as rural populations increasingly consolidate into new small towns, and as existing urban populations grow. There are also high risks and many barriers, particularly in the face of changing land markets, declining plot sizes, rising agribusiness-Big Food industry interactions and changing dietary needs and preferences, not to mention changing climatic and environmental conditions, or disruptive pandemic health threats.

19 October, 15:45-17:00 BST / 10:45 – 12:00 ET. CHILD LABOUR IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

2-3 November 2021. FAO high-level Global Event on Ending Child Labour in Agriculture

October 2021 - Sustainable soil management for nutrition-sensitive agriculture: Micronutrient workshop (date tbc)

October 2021 - Launch of the Global Status of Black soils and Global Black Soil Distribution Map (GBSmap)

October 2021 - 3rd Workshop of the International Network of Black Soils (INBS) (date tbc)

October 2021 - 7th meeting of the International Network of Soil Information Institutions(date tbc)

October 2021 - 5th meeting of the Global Soil Laboratory Network (date tbc)

November 2021 - 6th meeting of the Eurasian Soil Partnership (date tbc)

November 2021 - 15th working session of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (date tbc)

5-6 November 2021. African Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation by UNIDO

5 December 2021 - World Soil Day "Halt soil salinization, Boost soil productivity"


December 2021 - Global Soil Information System launch event (date tbc)

WEBINAR: Realizing Peasants’ and Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Seeds

29 April 2021. Realizing Peasants’ and Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Seeds: Key issues and challenges
for the implementation of farmers’ rights and international negotiations

FIAN (2021) Recovering the Cycle of Wisdom: Beacons of Light Toward the Right to Seeds. Working Group on Agricultural Biodiversity of the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC), FIAN International and Centro Internazionale Crocevia, March 2021, 75 pp. 

This online event presented a new guide and provided a space to share views on the state, challenges and opportunities to realize peasants’ and Indigenous Peoples’ right to seeds.
Presentation of the new guide “Recovering the Cycle of Wisdom: Beacons of Light Toward the Right to Seeds.”
  • Welcome and opening remarks: Ms. Alimata Traoré, Convergence des Femmes Rurales pour la Souveraineté Alimentaire (Mali)/IPCMr. 
  • Michael Fakhri, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
  • Mr. Kent Nnadozie, ITPGRFA Secretary
  • Ms. Modester Kachapila Milinyu, Malawi Plant Genetic Resources Centre
  • Mr. Tanmay Joshi, La Via Campesina/IPC
  • Mr. Mourtala Issa Zakari, National Institute for Agronomic Research of Niger
  • Ms. Maryam Rahmanian, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)

Thursday, April 29, 2021

WEBINAR: Thinking regionally about industrial food fortification

29 April 2021 @ 02:00 PM CEST. Thinking regionally about industrial food fortification

Globally 86 countries have legislation to mandate fortification of at least one industrially milled cereal grain. Different fortification requirements between nations may create some practical difficulties for intercountry trade. Nations in the same region, with similar public health nutrition problems and food cultures, may benefit from finding a common position on fortification policy and regulation that could be uniformly adopted.

Regional industrial food fortification programmes have been implemented to standardize compliance and procedures of food fortification programmes. Regional fortification harmonization calls for interventions at both the regional and country levels that will strengthen the institutional capacity of the public as well as the private sector to implement fortification programmes in a sustained way. A harmonized food fortification is also expected to impact intra-regional trade by creating a level field thereby boosting demand creation.

The critical areas of interventions that can participate in making food fortification programmes feasible and sustainable include:
  • Harmonization of standards and regulatory frameworks;
  • Monitoring guidelines; and,
  • Cooperation around quality control, compliance and enforcement.
Multiple regional economic communities have been tasked to pursue full regional harmonization on food fortification across all continents.

This webinar will reflect on the progress made, successes, challenges and potential areas for further collaboration to strengthen food fortification programmes.
  • Moderator: Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit, Sustainable Agri-Food Systems and Fisheries, EC, Directorate-General International Partnerships 
  • Shawn Baker, Chief Nutritionist, USAID
  • Dora Panagides, Team Leader, 2FAS
  • Shamil Tazhibayev, Head of Micronutrient Department, Kazakh Academy of Nutrition, Central Asian Republics
  • Namoudou Keita, Nutrition Lead, WAHO, West Africa
  • Carol Tom, Independent Consultant, East, Central and Southern Africa
  • Mónica Guamuch, Food Composition Laboratory Manager, INCAP, Central America
  • Dr. Omar Dary, Health Science Specialist, USAID

VIRTUAL EVENT: EC Stakeholder Dialogue: Exploring Options to Strengthen our Global Science Policy Interface for improved Food Systems Governance

29 April 2021.
14:00-16:40 CEST EC Stakeholder Dialogue: Exploring Options to Strengthen our Global Science Policy Interface for improved Food Systems Governance 

This event will be directly related to the early findings of the EC High Level Expert Group, under the chairmanship of Tom Arnold. Furthermore, the event is being convened as a part of the UN Food Systems Summit Independent Dialogues. The EC High Level Expert Group is composed of 19 top experts from across the world, who are mapping existing SPI, identifying the gaps, assessing needs to be further debated during the Summit process, with the aim to develop viable options and recommendations to be delivered in May 2022. (The outcome of teh Expert Group will be ready by May 2022)
  • Karen Fabbri – moderator, Deputy Head of Unit B2, DG Research and Innovation, EC 
  • John Bell - Director Directorate B Healthy Planet, DG Research and Innovation, EC 
  • Martin Frick  Deputy to the Special Envoy for the UN Food Systems Summit The UN Food Systems Summit: Ambition and expected outcomes 
  • Ismahane Elouafi  FAO Chief Scientist and member of the Scientific Group of the UN Food Systems Summit - The UN Food Systems Summit: The key role of research and innovation policy for food system transformation 
Strengthening global science policy interface(s): initial findings of the Expert Group 
  • Patrick Webb Vice chair of the Expert Group with contribution from 
  • Evan Fraser 
  • Jacqueline McGlade 
  • Olivier De Schutter   
Interactive dialogue with the audience Tom Arnold and Roberta Sonnino - Chair and Rapporteur of the Expert Group  with contribution from experts:
  • Gianluca Brunori
  • Jacqueline Broerse
  • Brajesh Kumar Singh
  • Seta Tutundjian
Closing remarks Peter Wehrheim,  Head of Unit B2, DG Research and Innovation, EC 

Shared resources:

Food 2030 pathways for action - Research and innovation policy as a driver for sustainable, healthy and inclusive food systems October 2020, 128 pp.
Framing the deployment phase of the EC’s Food 2030 initiative and guiding future research and innovation policy reflections relevant to Horizon Europe
Food 2030 pathways for action – factsheets
Food 2030 pathways for action factsheet collection

The Voluntary Guidelines are intended to be a reference point that provides evidence-based guidance mainly to governments, specialized institutions and other stakeholders, on effective policies, investments and institutional arrangements that will address malnutrition in all its forms.

Science-based policy advice in agriculture, food, climate and environment
16-17 March 2021. The first trans-European seminar in the field of agriculture, food, climate and environment was held as a webinar. The objective of the seminar was to facilitate exchange of information, experiences and challenges and to provide inspiration for the future development of best practices with the aim of strengthening evidence-based policy formulation across Europe. App. 200 participants from most of Europe joined the seminar and engaged in discussions about the principles, and the compliance of principles in different organisations.

CORE Organic 15-year activity report (2004-2019) 
CORE Organic Cofund is an ERA-NET funded by the European Commission´s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Contract No. 727495. Project period: December 2016 - May 2022

The objective of CO has been, from the beginning, the enhancement of the European research area (ERA) on organic agriculture with more efficient use of research funds and with a higher impact of research on the organic sector's development. 

This has been achieved, among other things, by reducing redundancies between EU and national funding, and by ensuring better use of the limited resources for research and innovation, thus achieving critical mass in research on organic food and farming. These improvements have aimed at supporting the development of a larger and more sustainable organic food system, including farming practices, processing and innovative value chains, with the purpose of fulfilling the growing demand for organic products, subsequently supporting health, trade and job creation.

Scientists around the world can establish a common reference framework avoiding that food systems and food system transformation become empty concepts. This transition is a complex task that can only be implemented by context-specific and multi-actor solutions. A comprehensive framework for change needs to be developed and agreed upon, addressing the social dimension of food systems, describing transformation processes and system interactions. Scientists can help to study the processes and define system boundaries, indicators and metrics so that the framework can be applied in different contexts. We need to analyse together with public and private actors, farmers and consumers how all can contribute to change the system, and jointly develop pathways for transformation.

What are City Labs and Food Labs?

The FIT4FOOD2030 City Labs and Food Labs bring together policy makers, researchers, educators and citizens from all walks of life, to work on their visions of FOOD 2030, and consider concrete actions on how to get there. An important objective is to develop and pilot hands-on (in)formal training of students, researchers and professionals.

The City Labs and the Food Labs are very similar. Seven Food Labs joined the project in 2019, after the City Labs. A different term was chosen to allow organisations from areas with different degrees of urbanisation or having a regional focus to join the initiative.