The Food Systems Summit is calling for transformation in the way the world produces, consumes and thinks about food. However, there is a risk that transformation discourse pays insufficient attention to social differentiation, politics and power.
Held on the 26th July, the UN Food Systems Summit Pre-event Session on Equity & Justice in Food Systems Transformation drew on recent work from the UK Government-funded GCRF African Food Systems Transformation and Justice Challenge Cluster.
Featuring presentations from Stephen Whitfield, Associate Professor at the University of Leeds, Felix Kalaba, Associate Professor at the Copperbelt University Zambia, Ruth Smith, current-PhD Student at the University of Leeds, Pierre Morrsom, completed-PhD student at the University of Leeds, Stewart Jennings, AFRICAP Research Fellow at the University of Leeds and Ian Mashingaidze, Associate at FANRPAN, the side event explored the equity and justice dimensions of food systems, and highlighted some of the tools and approaches for more equitably visioning and governing transformation within these systems.
You can watch the full participatory video from Mangochi community here.
To learn more about examining justice in food system transformations, read the Nature Food Paper by Stephen Whitfield: A framework for examining justice in food system transformations research