Small-scale producers at centre of food systems’ transformation

Food systems must radically change, and the needs of rural people must be at the centre, according to the UN Food systems pre-summit set to take place in Rome this week.

Ensuring that is critical to achieve a future where every person has access to affordable and healthy food, where food production protects the environment and biodiversity, and where the people who produce food are paid decently for their labour.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is calling on decision-makers to address the failures in food systems that leave hundreds of millions of people poor and hungry at the UN Food Systems pre-Summit that begins in Rome today.

Policymakers, farmers, academics and civil society will discuss how to make food systems more sustainable and equitable during the three-day summit. Tomorrow IFAD will be hosting varrious discussion forums including the one entitled, Bold Actions for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Food Systems with IFAD Goodwill Ambassador Sabrina Elba.

This session will discuss priority investments for achieving gender equality and supporting women’s empowerment across food systems, and present commitments to mobilise increased resources and initiatives to give more opportunities to rural women to become successful food producers.