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Countries need finance to pursue food systems transformations

A number of United Nations (UN) members will need funding of up to $60,000/year if they are to continue transforming their food systems to achieve key goals, the UN reports.

According to a United Nations synthesis report on dialogues around food systems transformations among member states, a number of “acute needs” must be met if the momentum of these transformations is to be sustained.

The report highlights that more than 36 countries are in dire need of funding to pursue development in line with their “National Pathway Document,” a document outlining the path to more sustainable systems.

These include 12 small island nations from the Pacific region, three from the Indian Ocean and a number from the Caribbean. In addition to this, a number of “low-income countries” are requesting funds between $25,000 and $60,000 per year to continue their processes.

The report explains the importance for countries to continue transforming their food systems, as it includes methods to tackle challenges such as sustainability in agricultureas well as the eradication of hunger and poverty.

Each Member State has drawn up its own ‘National Pathway Document’ which outlines the most pressing issues for it, together with an action plan on how to tackle them.

Within Europe, the top three topics in order of urgency were “Food Loss and Waste”; “Healthy diets from sustainable food systems”; and “Sustainable farming”.

105 of the 111 dialogues analyzed for the report also identified ‘climate and disaster resilience’ and ‘resilient food supply chains’ as priority areas to work on within a number of food systems.

Food Systems Report

The synthesis report was formed as a follow-up to the Food Systems Summit held in September 2021 in New York and analyzed the dialogues that took place between the summit and March 2022.

Food systems dialogues aim to lead to the development of “national pathways”, which represent a country’s journey towards achieving a vision for its food system. Ireland’s national pathway is Food Vision 2030.

The Food Vision 2030 plan includes four main missions related to the development of an environmentally sustainable agri-food sector that produces safe and nutritious food.

The plan also outlines actions to achieve these goals, which align with the EU Farm to Fork Strategy as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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