“UN Food Systems Summit Independent Dialogues” Grassroots Perspective, Asia -Africa

The online dialogue was held to bring the perspectives of farmers and producers in Asia and Africa into the UN Food Systems Summit 2021. The participants were from 19 countries.

Welcome Address – Mr. Vijay Kumar Thallam, Advisor to the Andhra Pradesh Government on Agriculture; Co-Vice Chairman of RySS

Introduction to UN Food Systems Summit and Facilitators – Mr. Ajay Vir Jakhar, Chairman, Bharat Krishak Samaj; Vice-Chair for Action Track 2 at the UNFSS

    • Discussion Group 1:
      Action Tracks 1(Ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all) and 2 (Shift to sustainable consumption patterns).
      Facilitator – G Muralidhar, Anchor in Programme Strategy, Planning and Technical Support for Rythu Sadhikara Samstha (RySS).
    • Discussion Group 2a:
      Action Track 3 (Boost nature-positive production).
      Facilitator – Dr. Leigh Ann Winowiecki, Soil Systems Scientist at World Agroforestry (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya.
    • Discussion Group 2b:
      Action Track 3 (Boost nature-positive production).
      Facilitator – Ajay Vir Jakhar, Vice-Chair for Action Track 2 at the UNFSS.
    • Discussion Group 3:
      Action Tracks 4 (Advance equitable livelihoods) and 5 (Build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks, and stress).
      Facilitator – Dr. Eliane Ubalijoro, Professor of Practice for public and private sector partnerships at McGill University and Global Hub Director for Future Earth in Montreal and Executive Director of Sustainability in the Digital Age.

Concluding Remarks – Mr. Vijay Kumar Thallam, RySS