USP2030 Working Group on Social Protection and Food Systems Transformation Workshop and Policy and Academic Dialogue

BACKGROUND TO THE WORKING GROUP

The Food Systems Summit Coalition and USP2030 Working Group (WG) on Social Protection and Food Systems Transformation was established in the aftermath of the United Nations Food Systems Summit (FSS) held in September 2021, as a result of the growing recognition of social protection’s role to support global food systems’ transformation and the need to advance this agenda beyond the Summit. The Coalition and USP2030 WG is part of the efforts of both the Food Systems Coordination Hub and the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (USP2030) to gather policymakers, practitioners, academics, and researchers from over 20 institutions, including international governmental and non-governmental organizations, national governments, universities, the private sector, think tanks and research centres.

Ever since its establishment, the Coalition and USP2030 WG has been collectively working to consolidate and produce quality knowledge resources and facilitate the sharing and effective use of evidence for better decisions in developing and strengthening linkages between the social protection and food systems. By doing so, the Coalition and USP2030 WG aims to improve the adequacy and comprehensiveness, as well as the coverage, quality, and responsiveness of social protection systems, thus further contributing to poverty reduction, food and nutrition security, decent work, and sustainable agri-food system livelihoods, and environmental sustainability.

Over the past few months, in addition to convening several meetings with its members, the Coalition and USP2030 WG has organized a couple of events to lay the groundwork for a better understanding of and thereby enhance the linkages between social protection and food systems outcomes. To date, the WG activities have emphasized the role of social protection in promoting food systems that deliver food security and nutrition. In October 2022, members participated in a webinar hosted by the socialprotection.org platform to discuss the current global food and nutrition crisis and the decisive role social protection is playing to mitigate its impacts. Later, in December, the Coalition and USP2030 WG organized a satellite symposium during the 22nd International Congress of Nutrition in Tokyo, which was attended by more than 60 people and focused on fostering linkages between social protection and food systems to create long-lasting, positive changes in the nutritional status of people across the globe.

 

A STRATEGIC WORKSHOP

To strengthen our collaboration through joint discussions, further definition of our joint priorities and activities, and charting the way forward, the Coalition and USP2030 WG is now poised to organize a two-day workshop and one-day policy and academic dialogue in Washington, D.C. The in-person workshop will be held for two full days on March 29-30 within the headquarter premises of the World Bank. Later, on March 31st, in a location yet to be defined, the Coalition and USP2030 WG will convene key thinkers and academics to discuss the existing evidence, its gaps, and the opportunities to capitalise and generate knowledge as well as make it accessible to national decision-makers and practitioners across social protection and food systems.

In preparation for the workshop, other Food System Summit Coalitions representatives and selected national pathway conveners will be invited to present their journeys and experiences and enable the cross-fertilisation of knowledge and evidence in preparation for the Food Systems Summit Stock Taking Moment that will be held for three days by the Food Systems hub at FAO headquarters in Rome on July 24-26, 2023.

 

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