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The approaching United Nations Food Systems Summit makes 2021 a very big year for agriculture and food security. In order to nurture the summit, to contribute to a common understanding of priorities and to increase participation of different stakeholders impacting food systems, the A&FS Network is organizing a series of Food Systems Dialogues.
People linked to several SDC networks will be taking part and bringing in their experiences and points of view, while discussing key issues regarding food systems. These Food Systems Dialogues will take place between November 2020 and May 2021 as a series of online events.
Follow this link to find out more about the topics that will be discussed, who will be participating and the idea behind the Food Systems Dialogues!
Please share your ideas, questions and inputs with us!
Members' Articles |
“How can agroecology foster climate change adaptation, mitigation and resilience through practices and policies?” stands in the center of the study ‘The potential of agroecology to build climate-resilient livelihoods and food systems’, co-published by the FAO and Biovision Foundation with technical support from FiBL highlights the links between agroecology and climate change, by providing evidence on the technical and policy potential of agroecology to build resilient food systems... [read more]
“What is holding back investment in agroecological research for Africa?" asks the report, co-developed by Biovision, IPES-Food and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). Itzooms in on the financial flows in food system research to sub-Saharan Africa, with a view to understanding more about how the industrial model is perpetuated and where the opportunities lie for sparking agroecological transition... [read more]
Due to COVID-19, malnutrition is on the rise and SDC funded projects like SNV’s Sustainable Nutrition for All (SN4A) are even more important than before the pandemic. In this technical paper the spotlight is put on the food environment as it draws on experiences from the Sustainable Nutrition for All project in Uganda and Zambia. In partnership with the Wageningen Centre for Development and Innovation (WCDI), the project aims to improve nutrition outcomes through the adoption of agro-biodiversity and improved dietary diversity and hygiene practices at intra-household level... [read more]
Who is who |
After spending three years in India as the Head of the Swiss Cooperation Office, you're now back in Switzerland as the Co-head of the Global Programme Food Security. What stands out most for you looking back at those years working in India?
Spending three years in India has been a fantastic personal and professional experience! I have had the opportunity to travel extensively across this huge and fascinating country accompanying the project teams but also privately with my family.
Fortunately, I was able to carry out field visits in very different contexts and meet with farmers applying innovative climate-smart techniques in Bihar, members of a solar-cooperative in Gujarat or villagers of flood-prone areas in the mountainous Sikkim. I have of course fond memories of Indian food, beautiful landscapes, lively and colourful cities, music and Bollywood films while at the same time we have faced the challenges of the remaining poverty, important levels of air pollution and in the last months of my tenure a prolonged lockdown of 3 months due to the Covid outbreak.
Since August you are the Co-Head of GPFS. Where do you identify the biggest upcoming challenges working in agriculture and food security on a global scale?
How does the experience you gathered being abroad help you with the tasks that lay ahead of you?
It is definitely useful to have been working in different geographic and cultural contexts, to have met SDC's partners also in the field, for instance the multilateral institutions we are supporting (IFAD and others), to have used different modalities of the international cooperation and finally to have developed a diverse and extended network. All of these elements will be of great help in my new position at GPFS. I really hope we will be able to work in close collaboration and synergies with other units within SDC as well with other development partners to reach a greater impact in our interventions.
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