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On Friday 16 October, Hivos joins the Netherlands Food Partnership in celebrating World Food Day 2020 with an inspiring online event for agri-food professionals, broadcasted live from Amsterdam. The theme of this edition is ‘Smart Solutions for Healthy Diets’. Together with international partners, the Dutch agri-food sector aims to increase their collective impact to ensure the accessibility and affordability of healthy diets for all. It’s time to move beyond technical solutions and use innovation to transform our food systems.

World Food Day program

With an inspiring, interactive online program, participants will engage with the latest insights in food systems approaches and smart solutions for healthy diets for all, presented by renowned Dutch and international experts in the agri-food sector. Participants will also be able to:

  • Take part in the online discussions with other professionals about innovative solutions and current challenges in the food systems;
  • Get inspiration from smart solutions for healthy diets;
  • Make use of online opportunities to connect with other professionals in the sector.

Join moderator Hadassah de Boer from 10.30 - 12.30 in an exciting event with contributions from Carola Schouten, Kitty van der Heijden, Simon Groot, Jack van der Vorst, Myrtille Danse, and Carol Gribnau, amongst many others. The afternoon program provides five Smart Solution Sessions from 13.00 - 14.00 where participants can take an action oriented-deep dive in their favorite smart solution. To conclude the Professionals Event, all participants are invited to join the Netherlands Food Partnership in a plenary dialogue from 14.10 - 15.00 on the preparations and contributions in the run-up to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.

Hivos session: Transforming food system governance

Our Hivos session will open the dialogue around inclusive food system governance interventions, showing how successful examples from the Hivos Food Change Labs provide smart solutions for healthy diets. The Hivos Food Change Labs are multi-actor social innovation processes that use a systems approach to address pressing issues in a local food system. The labs successfully transformed local food systems in Uganda and Zambia. Listen to the inspiring first hand experiences of the local partners in Uganda and Zambia. In addition, Wageningen University & Research and KIT Royal Tropical Institute will share their experiences in the use of their Food Systems Analysis Tool. Register for our session on the official event website.