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50by40 Global Engagement Summit
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With the 50by40 Global Engagement Summit (December 8 – 10, 2020), we are aiming to gather voices from across the globe to collectively examine these challenges and, as a result, turn them into opportunities to accomplish the change we are striving for. Hosting an accessible virtual gathering provides us with a rare chance to bring together a range of actors working in the food systems to develop a strong and united approach addressing livestock production.
ABOUT THIS SUMMIT
Recent publications, such as the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land and the EAT-Lancet report highlighted the exigency to reduce our reliance on livestock production and consumption. Thus, there is an urgent need to facilitate a just transition towards a fair, healthy and compassionate food system, delivering nutritious and predominantly plant-based food for all. However, transforming one of the most deeply embedded systems in this world presents complex and interlinked challenges.
With the 50by40 Global Engagement Summit, we are aiming to gather voices from across the globe to collectively examine these challenges and, as a result, turn them into opportunities to accomplish the change we are striving for.
Hosting an accessible virtual gathering provides us with a rare chance to bring together a range of actors working in the food systems to develop a strong and united approach addressing livestock production. With a strong emphasis on mobilising diverse key players, NGOs, and communities, the summit will look into solutions for the planet’s most pressing issues and provide a digital platform to support and integrate them in the existing network.
Anna Lappé is a bestselling author, an advocate for sustainability and justice along the food chain, and an advisor to funders investing in food system transformation. Her most recent book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It, focuses on the connections between healthy diets and a healthy planet. Named one of TIME’s “eco” Who’s-Who, Anna is the founder or co-founder of three national organizations, including the Small Planet Institute, which she launched with her mother Frances Moore Lappé, and Real Food Media, which develops communications strategy and critical analysis for food systems change. As a funder, she has led the grantmaking of the Small Planet Fund for more than a decade and created and directs the Food Sovereignty Fund of the Panta Rhea Foundation. Anna is a founding Steering Committee member of the Castanea Fellowship and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Food Chain Workers Alliance and the Food and Farm Communications Fund along with her board service at the Mesa Refuge and Rainforest Action Network.
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an environmental activist from the Mbororo community of the Republic of Chad, a UN Sustainable Development Goal Advocate and Conservation International Senior Fellow. Hindou began advocating for Indigenous rights and environmental protection at age 16, founding the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) to introduce new income revenue activities for women and collaborative tools such as 3D participatory mapping to build sustainable ecosystems management and reduction of nature-based resource conflicts. Her vision is to grow support for both traditional knowledge and science to improve resilience to climate change, especially for rural communities.
We will announce more exciting speakers soon.
SUMMIT GUIDING PRINCIPLES
OUR ACTION TRACKS
Overall we will focus on four critical channels of change:
Farmers, Youth, Business, Finances
We call them our Action Tracks and together we will explore their unique roles in shaping tomorrow’s food system. Alongside the four action tracks, we will provide hands-on toolkit sessions that can be useful for the working environment, as well as each attendee’s personal skill set. These workshops will circle around nonprofit management such as brand building, volunteer management, divestment campaigning, or grant making while also looking at topics such as storytelling or building resilience to further develop individual soft skills.
Farmers are essential to feeding our planet. Implementing a just transition within livestock production is not possible without their active participation. As key stakeholders and potential changemakers, they play an integral part in the food systems change. Decarbonising food systems may sound daunting, but a shift away from unsustainable livestock production carries a great yet largely unaddressed potential to create a positive socio-economic value, revitalise rural economies and increase overall resilience to major disruptions, such as climate change or pandemics. A recent assessment by ILO and IADB predicts that a transition to plant-based diets would create 19 million jobs in Latin America and The Caribbean. Yet, how do we empower farmers to take an active role in driving away unsustainable livestock production? How do we build better models of production that offer resilience and economic sustainability to different communities? More importantly, how do we ensure that at the heart of such a transformation lie the principles of equity, rights, gender-sensitivity, fair livelihood and food security for all? This Action Track aims to serve as a conversation starter to get to the bottom of the questions raised here.
The Right to Participation, for every child to express their views in matters affecting them, is inscribed in article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention is the most rapid and widely ratified human rights treaty in history. And yet, as the unprecedented worldwide mobilisation by and of kids and youth testifies, their voices are not heard. In few matters are youth affected as profoundly and widely as by the compounding effects of climate change and hunger and malnutrition. The key questions then become; how can we center the debate on existing youth efforts, elevate the voices and amplify their impact? With this action track we aim to arrive at a common understanding of the general challenges and chances that the youth movement is facing.
The challenges our food systems face, requires a deep rethinking and transformation of the business of food. COVID-19 has highlighted the frailty of our supply chains, and the consequences for livelihoods and food security. It has made it clear that we need a shift towards more plant-centric diets and production systems. Recent years of innovation in the alternative protein space holds the promise to deliver healthier, sustainable plant-based alternatives to traditional livestock products. Their accessibility and taste is gaining traction across the globe. But there is a need to look beyond the fork of the end consumer. Not only the products, but the business models themselves need to become sustainable. What role can food innovation play in delivering a food system that serves all?
A change in global funding for food production is long overdue, and COVID-19 has particularly highlighted the need for revisiting the global financial flows. Multi-year strong advocacy to make the World bank divest in the most harmful fossil fuels paid off in 2019 when they made the decision to divest completely in oil and natural gas. That did not only have massive direct positive implications in terms of financial flows, it also set a precedent for other MDBs, and sent a strong signal to regional and national banks, as well as to private magnates like Blackrock. The key takeaway from that is that enormous and game-changing shifts in global funding streams are possible. This action track will seek to establish a common understanding of the landscape of financial flows in the global food system. And based on this understanding, discuss how to mobilise international climate finance and bilateral donors to support Just Transition planning and implementation in Southern Countries and marginalised communities in Northern Countries with inclusive, equitable, transparent, accountable decision-making over deployment of funds.
We will provide hands-on toolkit sessions that can be useful for your working environment, as well as broadening your personal skill set. These workshops will circle around nonprofit management but also individual development such as brand building, volunteer management, storytelling, building resilience and grant making just to name a few.