The stirring, lively and thought provoking workshop ‘The Future for Food Systems’ took place on Friday the 4th of November 2016. This workshop, which was attended by about 100 researchers and experts from the private sector, government and civil society organizations, was organized within the framework of the Wageningen research program on Global Food & Nutrition Security. It also marked the start of the important Wageningen-led flagship ‘Food Systems for Healthier Diets’ that forms part of the CGIAR program Agriculture for Nutrition & Health. As such, the workshop was co-organized with the IFPRI, the International Food Policy Research Institute.
We as organizing committee are very positive about, and satisfied with the event, and hope we can - all together - put this positive energy into concrete collaboration, sharing of experiences and innovative ideas to further dive into the challenges of global food and nutrition security. With great pleasure we share the workshop report, photos, the key documents and presentations given.
Support food systems research
The aim of this workshop is to support systematic food systems research as an analytical and policy device. This implies that we search for a practical but comprehensive operational definition of Food Systems, based on a clear understanding of its internal and external dynamics (drivers, constraints, connections). In order to support the analytical purpose of food system, the workshop will identify some guiding principles for the interdisciplinary and interactive food systems analysis. Finally, we expect to derive some common insights regarding the effectiveness of policy instruments and incentives for healthier and sustainable diets.
Food systems innovations
The audience of the workshop consists of Dutch and international researchers involved in food system analysis, CGIAR partners, and policy makers, as well as participants from the private sector and civil society organizations that are involved in food system innovations.
The role of food system analysis
The one-day workshop is structured as follows. In the morning there are three invited keynote presentations that set the stage for food systems analysis. In the early afternoon, we organize open space workshops that provide opportunities to share practical examples of food systems research. Finally, we conclude with a plenary panel discussion with representatives from public and private sector to assess the role of food system analysis for policy and practice. Chair is dr. ir. Paul Engel (ECPDM).
Global Food & Nutrition Security
The workshop is organized within the framework of the Wageningen University & Research strategic research program on Global Food & Nutrition Security (GF&NS) and marks the start of the Wageningen-led flagship ‘Food Systems for Healthier Diets’ that forms part of the CGIAR program Agriculture for Nutrition & Health (A4NH).
We highly appreciate your contribution to and participation in this workshop.