United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021

The United Nations Food Systems Summit is providing an opportunity for the first time for the world to come together and participate in meaningful and inclusive discussions to identify key levers and game-changing solutions to address one of the world’s biggest challenges: how to feed the world more nutritious food within the planetary boundaries.

It’s a unique opportunity that should not be missed to build an open and truly inclusive dialogue. To constructively engage with those who may not share the same views and beliefs or experiences. To break through silos and build innovative partnerships in the search for solutions to address unprecedented challenges.

As the global federation representing the plant science industry, we see it as a key moment to collectively debate the role innovation and technology can play in the sustainable intensification of agriculture for sustainable food systems, and to address some of the emerging challenges in GHG emissions, soil health, and biodiversity loss, amongst other key issues.

We welcome the opportunity to be involved in the Summit by hosting an Independent Dialogue, together with partners and stakeholders, focused on innovation.  We are highlighting the significant contributions Food Systems Heroes have made, and will continue to make, to sustainable food systems. 

And we are also launching a series of blogs convening voices from across the international community to focus on each of the Action Tracks announced by the Food Systems Summit whose goal is to deliver meaningful contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The opportunity and challenges before us are simply too big to be met by one company or organization alone. Cultivating sustainable change from seed to farm to fork requires new approaches. One where the private sector joins with public institutions, government, and civil society to achieve the SDGs.

My hope is for the first time that we are all at the UN Food Systems Summit in a fully inclusive conversation seeking to advance this shared ambition to secure the future for sustainable food systems.

CropLife International President and CEO, Giulia Di Tommaso

You can read our monthly newsletter, Plant Science Post, to stay up to date on the latest CropLife International developments and to learn more about how the advancement of innovation in agriculture is not only accelerating the transition to a more sustainable future, but also more sustainable food systems. You can also navigate the links below to directly access the content that we have developed around the Summit.


Summit Dialogue

Ahead of Food Systems Summit, CropLife International hosted a Food Systems Summit Dialogue in partnership with Agricultural Food Systems Institute, Cornell Alliance for Science, Global Farmer Network, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture, and Thought for Food.

Held under the Chatham House rule, the Dialogue focused on the theme, “Unleashing Innovation to Transform Local Food Systems” and included breakout sessions covering the six major growing regions.


In the videos below the facilitators and curators summarize some of the key takeaways from the discussions.

1. Patience Koku, Nigerian Farmer and Dialogue Curator for Africa, the Middle East and Asia
2. Duke Hipp, Director for Public Affairs & Strategic Partnerships at CropLife Asia and Dialogue Facilitator for North Asia
3. Joseph Opoku, Ghanaian Journalist and Dialogue Facilitator for Africa & the Middle East

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Summary Cards by Region