As we heard from Dr. Elizabeth Vibert in a recent GRAN Learning Event, food insecurity is growing in sub-Saharan Africa. Global hunger has been rising steadily since 2015 due to the intersecting crises of protracted conflicts, the rapidly changing climate and, more recently, the pandemic.
In response, the first-ever UN Food Systems Summit has been scheduled for September 2021. The UN Special Envoy to the Summit, has said that the process is meant to build healthier, more inclusive, nutritious, and resilient global food systems over the next decade. However, some farming organizations and human rights groups have raised the alarm that the planned Summit is driven by private sector interests in industrial farming, with the serious risk that decisions arising from the Summit may result in loss of food sovereignty for small-scale farmers around the globe. Read more here.