A Conversation Following COP27
Access to adequate and nutritious food is a human right and undeniably linked to achieving a sustainable and healthy planet. At the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), our global food systems took center stage. As the negotiations in Egypt concluded, we continued the conversation online with a diverse panel of representatives from across the food system discussing sustainable solutions to transform our food system for the planet and its people.
The panel was moderated by Tim Prewitt, President and CEO of The Hunger Project, and featured five experts who work toward ending world hunger and mitigating climate change: Abraham Bugre, Climate Change Consultant at Gen Green Consult; Daniel Lutaaya, Animator and Farmer Facilitator in Uganda; Victor Mugo Muiru, Head of Global Partnerships at World Food Forum; Irene Naikaali, Head of Programs at THP Uganda; and Hanna Thofelt Lindström, Head of Communications and Impact at Matsmart/Motatos.
Throughout the conversation, it was clear that there needs to be increased collaboration between stakeholders and sectors. The panelists agreed that innovative programs and projects that are making a difference in communities need to be scaled and more partners need to be brought together to implement what works.
“We need to leave our egos and logos behind to come together.”
The Audience Q&A allowed for a deeper discussion about investor engagement and the role of funding strategies, prompting deliberations on funding harmonization, support and innovation. The conversation then shifted into the importance of working toward gender-equality when leveraging greener but more labor-demanding regenerative agriculture practices.
Transforming our global food system in harmony with the planet and its people is an urgent conversation happening around the world. We must support the most vulnerable as they bear the brunt of climate change and work towards a sustainable agricultural future at the regional, national and global levels.
If you didn’t have the opportunity to join us for the panel discussion, you can watch the recording here:
Image above: Hadija from Uganda, 2021
Photo for The Hunger Project by Martin Kharumwa