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UN Food Systems Summit 2021

Topics Covered: Food security related issues.

UN Food Systems Summit 2021:


Context:

India Holds National Dialogue on UN Food Systems Summit 2021.

What is the Food Systems Summit?

  • The United Nations Secretary General has called for the first ever UN Food Systems Summit to be held in September 2021.
  • It seeks to strategize the actions for positive change in Agri-food systems in the World to realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • The Summit will focus on levers and pathways to shape food systems nationally and globally to accelerate progress in the SDGs.

Why food systems?

The term “food system” refers to the constellation of activities involved in producing, processing, transporting and consuming food.

  • Food systems touch every aspect of human existence.
  • The health of our food systems profoundly affects the health of our bodies, as well as the health of our environment, our economies and our cultures.
  • When they function well, food systems have the power to bring us together as families, communities and nations.

Need for:

Various challenges in food and related systems have further added to the need for reorienting our actions and strategies beyond specific cropping or farming systems to entire Agri-food systems covering production, distribution and consumption.

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. SDGs vs MDGs- similarities, differences and time period.
  2. Adoption and administration of these goals.
  3. United Nations Conference on the Human Environment vs Earth Summit.
  4. About the Food Systems Summit.

Mains Link:

Enumerate the principal goals and targets of Sustainable Development Goals.

Sources: PIB.