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The way we produce, process, consume and waste food has implications on food security, public health, the environment, the economy and social equality. Considering the rapidly growing world population pushing the boundaries of our planet and the rise of hunger and malnutrition, our present food systems are not future-proof. More than ever before, cooperation between all stakeholders (government, businesses, civil society, knowledge institutions etc.) will be needed to contribute to an effective transition to truly sustainable food systems.

FoodFIRST is a neutral and independent platform that brings together the government, the business sector, civil society and knowledge institutes. By facilitating dialogue and connecting expertise, we aim to inspire our partners to think outside the box and seize opportunities to conceive innovative and scalable solutions focused on achieving SDG1: eradicating poverty in all its forms and SDG 2: end hunger, achieve food security and promote sustainable agriculture.

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May 17, 2023
Walking the talk: the global and Dutch response to Africa’s food systems challenges.
How to walk the talk in accelerating food systems transformation? During the first of a two-part Vijverberg Session series, 60 stakeholders came together on March 29th 2023, to jointly sharpen their perspectives: how can the global and the Dutch community of knowledge institutions, private sector, banks, civil society and government, effectively contribute to this transformation?
January 18, 2023
The importance of systems thinking in agri-food development: a case study of the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) in Ethiopia
The last Vijverberg session of 2022 was a hybrid event on 14 December 2022. FoodFIRST invited two guest speakers, professor Ruby Rabbinge and professor Mohammed Hassena, to discuss the importance of systems thinking in agri-food development.
December 14, 2022
Sustainable food systems are not only green but also robust
– The external perspectives on the EU Farm to Fork Strategy
Naomi Sterk, programme officer foodFIRST