Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

Third EAT Stockholm Food Forum, 2016
13 June 2016 - 14 June 2016

FANRPAN CEO, Dr LM Sibanda attended the EAT Stockholm Food Forum that was held in Sweden on June 13th - 14th 2016. Dr Sibanda has been recently appointed as commissioner on the EAT-Lancet Commission on Sustainable Healthy Food Systems.

The next 15 years will be decisive for people and the planet. Cities are where the future happens first. More than half of the world's population currently lives in urban areas and this is increasing. By 2030, China's cities alone will be home to nearly one billion people. This trend is echoed globally from Nigeria to Indonesia. With megacities are on the rise. If managed well, the potential benefits of this urban growth are substantial. Due to their nature, cities (and local governments) have the ability to adapt faster and implement impactful solutions that can have global consequences. In addition, today, there is enough food for everyone on the planet, yet almost 800 million people go hungry. Over two billion people do not get sufficient vitamins and minerals in their diets (micronutrient deficiencies) and another two billion people are overweight or obese. We know that 30-50 percent of all food produced never reaches a human stomach. In 2050, we have to feed more than nine billion people on a warmer planet, with lower yields. Food production is the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Change starts with great ideas combined with action...

This third Forum brought together some of the world's brightest people in the fields of science, business politics and civil society to shift food systems towards greater sustainability, security, and equity within the boundaries of our planet. The forum covered consumption and production patterns, cities, accountability, technology and innovation across the food industry.

The EAT Foundation builds on the work of the EAT Initiative, created by the Stordalen Foundation and Stockholm Resilience Centre in 2013. Together with the Wellcome Trust they launched the EAT Foundation in March 2016 with the ambition to reform the global food system, enabling us to feed a growing global population with healthy food from a healthy planet. The three organisations will use their unique range of experience in health, science, policy and sustainability, to convene experts and decision makers who together can transform the way we eat.
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