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Food systems summit reveals challenges of transforming global food production

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Governments, companies and other organizations offered more than 200 commitments at the world’s first food systems summit aimed at addressing unequal access to food in a more sustainable, healthier and equitable way.

Organizers of the U.N. Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) said that 148 of the commitments are from institutions and align with the summit’s action tracks—developed from 18 months of dialogues between governments and stakeholders. The five action tracks aim to ensure access to safe nutritious food for all; shift to sustainable consumption patterns; boost nature-positive production; advance equitable livelihoods; and build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stress.

Held virtually on September 23 and 24, the summit was convened to deliver progress on the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a food systems approach, leveraging the interconnectedness of food systems to global challenges such as hunger, climate change, poverty and inequality.