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Sustainable Food Systems

1st Global Conference of the 10YFP Sustainable Food Systems Programme


Sustainable Food Systems for All:

Catalyzing Change through Multi-Stakeholder Action


 1st Global Conference of the
10YFP Sustainable Food Systems Programme

hosted by Lionel October, Director General of the Department of Trade and Industry, Republic of South Africa and with a keynote address of the Honourable Deputy Minister Mr. Bulelqni Gratitude Magwanishe


21-23 June 2017

Pretoria, South Africa

VENUE: Sierra Burgers Park Hotel


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Logistical Note

If you have confirmed attendance, please see the PDF iconLogistical Note



The theme of the conference is “Sustainable Food Systems for all – Catalyzing Change through MultiStakeholder Action”. The conference will explore innovative multi-stakeholder approaches to tackle food systems challenges in general, and discuss the need of ensuring sustainable food systems in the face of a changing climate and growing urbanization in the African context more specifically.


There will be high level panel discussions chaired by Ms Ncumisa Mcata-Mhlauli, Chief DirectorAgro-Processing, Department of Trade and Industry, Republic of South Africa, and with panelists Mr. Lê Quôc Doanh, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam (tbc); Ms. Carol Gribnau, Director Green Society Department, Hivos; Prof. Bernard Lehmann, Director General, Federal Office for Agriculture, Switzerland; Mr. Morné du Plessis, CEO, WWF South Africa; Mr. Lewis Howe, FAO Representative in South Africa. In addition, thematic discussions will be framed around presentations of the SFS Programme’s core initiatives, and there will be exhibition space for participants to present their own projects in support of sustainable food systems.

See the  PDF iconFinal Agenda

Objectives of the Conference

The purpose of the conference is to build new partnerships and create synergies among stakeholders to accelerate the shift towards more sustainable food systems. In this context, the objectives of the conference are to:

  • Offer a dialogue platform to share experiences and exchange ideas;
  • Encourage participants to transition into a crafting and decision-making mode, by proposing concrete collective actions and initiatives, and highlighting relevant tools, approaches and good practices;
  • Underline the importance of a multi-stakeholder, systems-based approach to make food systems more sustainable; and
  • Lay the foundations to kick-off cooperation on collective action(s) and initiative(s) to address the critical challenges in food systems and accelerate the shift to sustainability.

The conference will provide a spring-board to jumpstart new collaborative initiatives and consolidate existing alliances, and empower organizations to take action and achieve a real impact to accelerate the shift towards more sustainable food systems. 

Learn more by reading our PDF iconInformation Note

Please note that it is no longer possible to register for this conference






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