The United National Secretary-General will convene the Global Food System Summit in September 2021. The people and solutions summit will be a unique opportunity to move the dial on Food Systems Transformation and deliver on the SDG-2030 Agenda. The process is guided by five interlinked Action-Tracks, addressing possible tradeoffs to deliver healthier, more sustainable, and equitable Food Systems. For each Action Track, Game Changing solutions are being put forward to build momentum on food system transformation in a positive direction at scale.
Ethiopia is leveraging the attention that the UNFSS 2021 has generated to build momentum for positive food systems transformation. Under the leadership of the national convenors, HE Oumer Hussein, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, and HE Dr Lia Tadesse, Minister, Ministry of Health, Ethiopia is developing a position paper and roadmap to inform aligned actions by all actors to deliver positive food system transformation with strong sustainability considerations and accountability.
The national convenors have appointed the national curators, Drs Mandefro Nigussie, (Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency), and Dereje Duguma (Ministry of Health) who are leading the Technical Committee. To date, Ethiopia has developed a background paper, held a High-Level Roundtable, and hosted the first dialogue.
Dialogue 1 was set to inform stakeholders of the current state of the Ethiopian Food System, and to gather information to identify and prioritize catalytic Game Changing ideas to transform the current state. The dialogue also informed the development of the conceptual framework to pave the way forward. Dialogue 1 took place on the 31st of March and 1st of April 2021.
Speaking at the opening of the Dialogue, HE Oumer Hussein said the productivity level of agriculture has still not reached its full potential, and diversification has remained limited despite the progress made in increasing cereal production.
HE Dr. Lia Tadesse also stated that the dialogue will serve as an entry point for food systems transformation and sustainable healthier diets in Ethiopia for the coming years.
The dialogue which is the first of its kind brought together various policy makers, and experts who presented food system policies, strategies, and results of programs in relation to the Food System Agenda.
Dialogue 2 prioritized Game Changing ideas that were reviewed and endorsed to inform Ethiopia’s position paper and roadmap.
Finally, in July the Ethiopian Food Summit (Dialogue 3) commenced ahead of the UN Food System pre-summit. During the summit, H.E. Ato Oumer and H.E. Dr. Lia endorsed the position paper and roadmap in the attendance of key actors and development partners.
The ATA is proud of supporting the efforts of Ethiopian Food System position paper and roadmap development.