The United Nations will convene a Food Systems Summit in the fall of 2021 as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The Summit is supposed to "launch bold new actions" to deliver "healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems." It is also intended to be a solutions summit that will require everyone to take action to transform the world’s food systems.
The voices and viewpoints of small-scale fisheries and fishing communities need to be heard loud and clear to make sure that governments and other actors awaken to their critical role in feeding the world and delivering equitable, sustainable livelihoods.
In an effort to infuse national and global food and nutrition policy decision-making with the voices and perspectives of small-scale fishing communities, EDF is hosting two Independent Dialogues, which are virtual discussion forums intended to create spaces for stakeholder participation in the conversation around how to improve global food systems. Their outputs will be formally channeled back into the Summit planning process.
Please consider signing up to participate in one of these two dialogues focused (respectively) on the role and importance of small-scale fisheries in meeting food and nutrition goals, and on the shared challenges and opportunities facing SSF communities and small-holder agriculture communities seeking to transition to sustainable, resilient, “nature-positive” production methods. Simultaneous translation will be available in multiple languages.
Learn more about each of the Dialogues by visiting the links below and feel free to ask questions in the comments below.