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Published April 18, 2017


Outliers in Global Impact — The Ingredients for Success

An edgy, fast-paced session, 5 innovative 5-minute presentations followed by an interactive Q&A.

  • Moderator: Dr. Alessandro Demaio (Medical Officer for Noncommunicable Conditions and Nutrition, WHO)
  • Speakers include: Tristram Stuart (Founder, Feedback & Toast Ale), Ms. Danielle Nierenberg (President, Food Tank), Ms. Florence Egal (Food Security & Nutrition Expert), Ms. Ndidi Nwuneli (Founder, LEAP Africa & Co-Founder, AACE Food Processing and Distribution) and Mr. Albert Ntsodo (Councillor, City of Cape Town).



Better Buying Lab – Shifting Towards Sustainable Consumption

There are already many healthy and sustainable food products available for consumers to eat. The problem however, is that most people are still eating the unsustainable and unhealthy options. How can we shift consumers towards buying the better options? In this interactive workshop participants will learn about how shifts in consumption can be facilitated, and explore how we could potentially shift consumers towards buying more sustainable options.

  • Facilitators: Daniel Vennard (Director of the Better Buying Lab) and Karen Davies (Partner at Triniti Marketing)
  • Co-organiser: World Resource Institute


Co-Designing a Sustainable Future

An interactive workshop for visionaries and thought-leaders focused on what a future sustainable society will look like and how we need to redesign our systems to adapt to change.

A scenario will be provided for a positive future where sustainability, disruptive technological change and Scandinavian values will serve as the framework for this workshop discussion. 

We will rewind back into present day and discuss what actions we need to take today in order to move towards the future scenario – with a human-centric approach.

There will be 3 segments of the workshop; implications for you as an individual, actions you need to take as a business leader and changes we need to make for society in general.

  • Co-organiser: Sustainability Hub Norway



Focused “think-tank” style discussions with world-leading practitioners, experts and decision makers brought around an issue or challenge for specific outcomes.

These sessions are open to EAT partners and invited guests. The discussions are held under Chatham House Rules under the leadership of a designated facilitator.


Advancing Action to Reduce the Burden of Urban NCDs

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill 38 million people every year, of which a majority live in low- and middle income countries. City environments are inducive to some of the main risk factors of NCDs – unhealthy diets and physical inactivity – and “the new urban epidemic of NCDs” hinders economic development and puts increased pressure on an already strained public health system. Reducing the burden of NCDs in cities require a holistic approach, and this session aims to showcase the unique setting of urban environments to bring multiple stakeholders together to co-create new urban food system solutions. The forthcoming IPES-Food Report “What drives urban food policy: Lessons learned from five case studies” will be launched during this session, showcasing the power of urban food policies to address a multitude of food-related challenges.

  • Moderator: Professor Corinna Hawkes (Director of the Center for Food Policy, City University of London)
  • Speakers include: Steffen Nielsen (Director, Cities Changing Diabetes)


Fish Futures – Sustainable Seafood to Support the SDGs

Fish (and other seafood) will most likely be an essential part of the food future due to its attractive health profile, rapid growth and, relative to other animal sourced products, limited carbon footprint. However, current fisheries and aquaculture production operating in developing countries have major environmental, illegal harvest, and wellbeing issues. In order for the seafood sector to grow sustainably and be a net positive contributor to achieving the SDGs, the sector as a whole needs to transform its practices.

  • Moderator: Tracy van Holt (Stockholm Resilience Centre)
  • Speakers include: David Carter (Austral Fisheries)
  • Co-organisers: Cermaq & Stockholm Resilience Centre


The Great Accelerator: Collaborating to Close SDG Data Gaps

Agriculture and food systems are central to achieving global sustainability targets, including those related to human well-being. Yet, food systems are largely missing from the sustainability discussion, or are only partially represented, missing many of the value chain interactions between farm and fork. Global change models are still far from combining climate change with biodiversity, biogeochemical cycles, food, water and agriculture – let alone social variables and human health. They are also frequently developed in the absence of private sector knowledge and data. Without a broader vision from the global change research community of where the planet is supposed to be going, we cannot expect global leadership to take appropriate action.

  • Facilitator: Sir Bob Watson (Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services)
  • Speakers include: Professor Johan Rockström (Executive Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre), Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian (Dean of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy), Dr. Ashkan Afshin (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington), Dr. Alexi Ernstoff (Sustainability Consultant at Quantis), and Dr. Shenggen Fan (Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute)
  • Co-organisers: Quantis and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network


Applying Metrics to Urban Food Systems

Over half of the global population lives in cities and by 2050 this share is estimated to increase to 70%. Cities play a crucial role in shaping the way we feed a growing urban population within planetary boundaries. As cities strive to improve the health and sustainability of their food systems, there is a need for better data on the status and contribution of their food systems to policy goals and sustainability objectives, and specific indicators and metrics that can be used to monitor and understand the impacts these efforts will have. This is a practical session that will equip participants with tools to articulate what, why and how they measure. Ultimately, this session aims to strengthen and support efforts to monitor urban food system interventions and progress.

  • Moderator: David Edwards (Assistant Director at The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit)
  • Speakers include: Marielle Dubbeling (Director of the RUAF Foundation) and Guido Santini (Technical Adviser of the “Food for the Cities” Initiative, FAO)
  • Co-organisers: The RUAF Foundation (Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security) & the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit

The Nordic Region as a Food Leader

There is a growing interest in healthy diets from sustainable food systems (HDSFS) around the world, yet no country has been able to achieve food systems that are good for both people and planet. The Nordic region is best placed to be the champion of the HDSFS agenda and demonstrate that healthy and sustainable diets have positive economic, health and environmental benefits and can help a country meet international commitments, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement. Each Nordic country already has stand-out examples of initiatives, research and policies that prove the time is ripe for full food systems transformation. This competence forum aims to unite and galvanize key actors in the Nordic region to take bold steps to move the HDSFS agenda forward. It will foster the understanding that cooperation across Nordic countries would accelerate action. In this session, we hope to overcome the challenges and build upon a unique window of opportunity to transform the Nordic region into a global leader in healthy and sustainable diets.

  • Moderator: Annica Sohlström (Director-General at Livsmedelsverket)
  • Speakers include: Camilla Stoltenberg (Director, Norwegian Institute of Public Health), Randi Flesland (Director, Norwegian Consumer Council) and Maria Wetterstrand (Former Spokesperson of the Green Party & Swedish Politician)


Innovative Financing in Food Systems through an Agrobiodiversity Index

Agricultural biodiversity is critical to both healthy diets and resilient production systems. Yet, major trends in food systems favour the use of a limited number of species and varieties. To encourage companies, governments and investors towards greater use, access and conservation of agricultural biodiversity, from farmers’ fields, to consumer plates, Bioversity International and the European Commission together with private and public sector partners developed an “Agrobiodiversity Index”.

  • Speakers include: Ann Tutwiler (CGIAR) and Tanja Havemann (Director of Clarmondial)
  • Co-organiser: Bioversity International

Global Chef Network

Chefs are the leaders of the culinary world, both defining the world’s palate and transcending cultural differences and borders. As their visibility has grown, many chefs are moving beyond the realm of farm-to-table. Today’s chefs are using their public voice to challenge society to think beyond the current paradigm of the fractured food system. This session will present the draft conceptual framework of the Global Chef Network and seek feedback from key stakeholders.

  • Moderator: Clare Matterson (Director of Strategy at the Wellcome Trust)
  • Co-organiser: World Bank Group

The Changing Face of Diets and Nutrition in Africa    

Proper nutrition is a powerful good: people who are well nourished are more likely to be healthy, productive and able to learn. Good food and nutrition systems benefit families, communities and the world. Narratives around African agriculture and food often focus on the challenge of avoiding famine rather than meeting the right to food. Research suggests that the region will continue to face scarcity challenges in the near future, despite significant efforts to reduce vulnerability to environmental, political and economic crises. However, the singular emphasis on famine has strongly shaped the development paradigm towards an overly simplified focus on calorie production from commercial agriculture, while ignoring the region’s edible biodiversity, and rich culture.

This session will provoke discussion on what a future food system in Africa that meets the needs of citizens equitably, nutritionally and sustainably could look like and how we might get there. A specific focus will be on the role of these African foods on childhood nutrition and welfare.

  • Speakers include: Dr. Lindiwe Sibanda (CEO of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network; FANPRAN), Dr. Roland Kupka (Senior Advisor at UNICEF), and Million Belay (Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa)
  • Co-organiser: UNICEF

Fighting Food Waste on a Global Scale

Our collective food system continues to be shockingly inefficient: approximately a third of all the food we produce globally is spoiled or discarded before it gets to a consumer. Food waste has significant social, environmental, and economic impacts. Over the last year, efforts to combat food loss and waste have increased substantially in different regions around the world. A number of new policies, tools, products and projects have been introduced to prevent wasted food, but few have reached a global scale.

  • Moderators: Monica Munn and Devon Klatell (The Rockefeller Foundation)
  • Speakers include: Pete Pearson (Director, Food Waste, WWF U.S.)
  • Co-organisers: The Rockefeller Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund U.S.

Beating NCDs: The Role of the Private Sector

When and how can the private sector engage with governments in real commitments on nutrition to beat NCDs?

This competence forum seeks to consider existing research and experiences on the appropriate role of the private sector in NCD prevention and control. It will also explore the underlying ethical considerations which inform models and methods for engagement. The debate is especially contentious with respects to the unhealthy commodities industries, which includes food and drink industries. Regulation, multi-stakeholder platforms, accountability mechanisms, alignment with public health goals, protection of national policies, and the dissemination of knowledge and data on NCDs are amongst the measures often discussed in this context. The speakers in this forum will draw from their experience in government, the UN, academic institutions, civil society organisations, and business associations to inform the discussion.

  • Speakers include: Dr. Tea Collins (World Health Organization), Rocco Renaldi (International Food & Beverage Alliance), and Dr. Rassoul Dinarvand
    (Deputy Minister of Health and President of Iran Food and Drug Administration)

Beyond Talk: Making Public-Private Partnerships Work for the Future of our Food

An increasing share of Official Development Aid is being allocated to emergencies and other short-term priorities. This comes at the cost of support for long-term development goals, without which there can be no sustainable future. It is critical to get serious about involving the private sector not only as a donor but also as a stakeholder in efforts to transform our food systems toward more sustainability and resilience. This is a topic often discussed in policy circles, but too little concrete ideas emerge about what such joint action could look like. It is time to move beyond talk.

  • Speakers include: H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (President of the Republic of Mauritius), Dr. Belay Begashaw (Director General, Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa), Dominique Kohli (Assistant Director General, Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture), Klaus Runow (Managing Director, Deutsche Asset Management), Vincent Bradley (Entrepreneur, Investor and Principal, Mayfair Global Solutions), Marco Ferroni (Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation), Alexander Müller (TEEBAgriFood Study Leader and former Assistant Director General of FAO).