Food Systems

Wyss Academy Declaration on Food Systems

The Wyss Academy for Nature has issued a Declaration on Food Systems as official feedback to the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit. The declaration is the result of the very first Wyss Academy Dialogues with Purpose, a series of workshops in which participants from four regions (Central Europe, East Africa, South-East Asia and South-America) discussed region-specific challenges with a wide range of global stakeholders, representing the areas of science, policy, civil society and the private sector.

The Wyss Academy Declaration on Food Systems calls for a fundamental transformation of economic, social, and financial systems, in order to harmonize food systems and nature conservation and foster just relations between people and nature. Despite significant differences in perspective, three opportunities for harmonizing food systems with nature conservation, climate protection, and human wellbeing were identified as relevant across all regions: promoting opportunities for youth within the agri-food system, realizing nature-positive and just food production, and bridging the disconnect between consumers and producers in order to achieve fairer food supply chains. The declaration proposes several principles and entry points as a foundation for its call to action.

DISCUSSIONS & REFLECTIONS

On Food Systems

ENGAGEMENT

Engaging Youth for Foodsystems

Our exciting partnership with Goodwall & Bites of Transfoodmation. Read the Food Systems manifesto from Bites of Transfoodmation, a food movement created by youth for youth below.

Our partnership with Goodwall and Bites of Transfoodmation and our first challenge together: #Food4Thought

EXPLORING THE CHALLENGE OF SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION

How can raw materials – such as those for making chocolate – can be sourced sustainably?

In partnership with the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern, and based on their research into sustainable trade for diversified food systems, this question and its many interlinking facets were explored at the Spirit of Bern in August 2022.

The CDE and the Wyss Academy for Nature are partners in finding innovative new solutions to age-old challenges facing our environment and our societies. This video, co-produced by the two organizations, explores the challenge of sustainable chocolate production.

QUOTES FROM THE

Wyss Academy Dialogue

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RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Fiona Stappmanns

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HEAD OF GLOBAL POLICY OUTREACH

Tatjana von Steiger​

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ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Emine Ertugrul