Theme: Transforming food systems under a changing climate
Agricultural development can be slow and uneven, often not reaching the people who are most vulnerable and in pockets of deep, entrenched poverty. It is further hindered by climate change, which disproportionally affects agriculture and threatens the achievement of SDG targets on food security and poverty. In order to achieve food security, increase productivity, alleviate poverty among rural communities, build resilience to climate change and other stresses, and reduce agricultural emissions, a complete transformation in agriculture is needed over the next decade, going beyond business as usual and piecemeal short-term projects.
The overarching theme of the 5th conference, ‘Transforming food systems under a changing climate’, takes cognizance of the need for transformation and aims to build the knowledge base needed to support the transformation required.
The conference will focus on 6 interlinked sub-themes, which are the key elements of agricultural transformation :
- Strong farmer and consumer organizations and networking
- Digitally enabled climate-informed services
- Climate-resilient and low-emission practices and technologies
- Innovative finance to leverage public and private sector investments
- Reshaping supply chains, food retail, marketing and procurement
- Gender equality, capacity and enabling policy and institutions