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Friday, May 14, 2021

WEBINAR: European Commission Discussion of IFPRI’s 2021 Global Food Policy Report

13 May 2021. In the 2021 Global Food Policy Report, IFPRI researchers and experts explore the impacts of the pandemic and government policy responses to date, particularly for the poor and disadvantaged, and consider what it all means for transforming our food systems to be healthy, resilient, efficient, sustainable, and inclusive. 

 The chapters in this flagship report explore key requisites for such a transformation in light of the current shock — balancing health and economic policies, promoting healthy diets and nutrition, strengthening social protection policies and inclusion, integrating natural resource protection into food sector policies, and enhancing the contribution of the private sector — and how best to achieve them. Regional sections examine the diverse experiences of the pandemic worldwide, and the impact of varied response measures.

During this session, speakers shared evidence on the impact of COVID-19, and discuss the way forward for food systems transformation.

Video recording will be posted shortly on INTPA/Infopoint Conference
  • Leonard Mizzi - Head of Unit, European Union Directorate General for Planet and Prosperity, European Commission
  • Johan Swinnen - Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI
  • John McDermott - Director, CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), IFPRI
  • Neha Kumar - Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI
  • Danielle Resnick - Senior Research Fellow, and Theme Leader, Governance, IFPRI


Washington, DC: International Food Policy Research Institute. 124 pp.
This year’s Global Food Policy Report examines what we have learned about the deficiencies in current food systems, the changes that are needed for system transformation, and what COVID-19 has taught us. 

It offers lessons that can help put the world on the path to food system transformation for greater resilience, inclusion, efficiency, sustainability, and nutrition. IFPRI’s analytical work during the pandemic — conducted through both new initiatives and reconfigured ongoing research — illuminates the impacts of the crisis in numerous countries and considers how policy can best address such shocks while also helping to transform food systems for the future
  1. Chapter 1 Beyond the Pandemic: Transforming Food Systems after COVID-19
    Financing the Transformation to Healthy, Sustainable, and Equitable Food Systems 
  2. Chapter 2 Resilience: From Policy Responses to Resilient Policy Systems 
  3. Chapter 3 Nutrition: Transforming Food Systems to Achieve Healthy Diets for All 
  4. Chapter 4 Natural Resources and Environment: Governance for Nature-Positive Food Systems 
  5. Chapter 5 Toward Inclusive Food Systems: Pandemics, Vulnerable Groups, and the Role of Social Protection 
  6. Chapter 6 Food Supply Chains: Business Resilience, Innovation, and Adaptation 


14 April 2021. At the launch event 13/04, speakers shared evidence on the impact of COVID-19, and discuss the way forward for food systems transformation.

  • Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to the 2021 Food Systems Summit

15 April 2021. Netherlands Discussion of IFPRI’s 2021 Global Food Policy Report: Transforming Food Systems After COVID-19

  • Gerda Verburg, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General & Coordinator of the SUN Movement

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