On 16 October the conference was hosted by the European Commission, FAO and the German EU Presidency and aimed at exploring the importance of research and innovation for creating sustainable, inclusive, resilient and healthy food systems and achieving the SDGs. The event brought together European innovators, EU and national legislators and international and non-governmental actors. After welcome remarks by the hosting institutions, innovators from across the EU presented their contribution to sustainable food systems. For instance ByProFood, that aims to use side streams to produce food products, H2Grow, a project that helps growing food by using hydroponic solutions in places where it is usually difficult to farm or Loewi, a company that makes affordable and healthy diets accessible to everyone through data driven personalization.
Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun delivered a key note speech on how research and innovation can accelerate ongoing food systems transformation towards sustainability, underlining that food systems must serve people and planet, that mobilizing research and innovation for reducing hunger, system transformation and sustainability requires action and that there needs to be a redesign of food and agriculture research government. During the panel the stakeholders discussed strategies, policies and tools, how to deliver technical and social innovation, and to foster dialogues between all actors in food systems to make them futureproof.
You can find the streaming of the full event here.