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Nature-positive food production – for people and the planet

Published: 30 June 2021
Benin Oblet, Sorobouly village near Boromo, Burkina Faso.

SLU Global co-arranged Sweden’s third and final global Food Systems Dialogue on May 11 with focus on identifying pathways to a nature-positive food production that contributes to increased food security while at the same time protects natural ecosystems, biodiversity and rehabilitates degraded landscapes and seascapes.

Speakers and participants discussed the need of a holistic and inclusive approach for a transformation towards a productive and prosperous, equitable, empowering, resilient, regenerative, and healthy food system.

Game changing solutions would secure rights to land and natural resources, and make use of climate resilient and agroecological approaches. They would strengthen farmers’ cooperatives and enterprises to add value and increase small-scale farmers share of the market profit.

The participants in the dialogue were national and international representatives from authorities/public sector, civil society, the private sector, academia, interest organizations as well as individual farmers, which gave a global perspective from different parts of the food system.

The event was organized by Sida, Government Offices of Sweden, SIANI, Focali, AgriFoSe2030 and SLU Global.

This is a short summary from an article published by SIANI that highlights some of the issues and solutions raised in the third Swedish global dialogue.


In 2021, the world will convene for the first-ever UN Food Systems Summit to discuss and kick off a food systems transformation. In preparation for this event, the UN member states have been asked to organize national dialogues to provide insight and to identify potential areas for development. In Sweden, a series of three global dialogues have discussed different topics and aspects of the transformation of food systems and what actions Sweden can take. 

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