Food systems of the poor: shaping the agenda for the Food Systems Summit

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Where: Online
Food market in Lusaka, Zambia.

Women account for almost 90% of vendors in the capital Lusaka, the largest city of Zambia (Photo: copyright Salim Dawood/Hivos)

In the lead up to the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021, this online IIED event on 25 November explored how food systems transformation can be relevant for people living in poverty.

The world is producing more food than ever, but hunger and malnutrition persist, and production methods are harming our natural environment. A better food system is needed, but we need to ensure that it works for consumers in low-income countries.

The UN Secretary-General will convene a Food Systems Summit in 2021 to "launch bold new actions to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies to some degree on healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems".

The summit brought together leaders, experts, academics and a range of food system actors and citizens to raise awareness, mobilise people, measure progress, and identify actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to food systems.


Juliette Tunstall (, IIED's internal engagement and external events officer