Food Systems for Prosperity

Tuesday, 25th July, 14:30-16:00



Improving environment, society and health while also generating economic prosperity is a significant challenge in agrifood systems. Trade, agribusiness, and productivity are examples of policy areas used to drive prosperity. However, to drive shared prosperity, these approaches must be inclusive and holistic. The goal of this Leadership Dialogue is to concretely identify approaches that can be incorporated into policies and national pathways to manage challenging tradeoffs, while promoting solutions that promote income/gender equality, environment and nutrition.  Participants from multiple backgrounds will enlighten participants on the most critical investments needed to enable prosperity, inclusion and sustainability in agrifood systems.


Despite the vast size of the agrifood systems economy, millions do not share in this prosperity, or suffer the negative health and environmental consequences of economic development. For example, 574 million people—nearly 7 percent of the world’s population—will still be living on less than US$2.15 a day in 2030. Globally, 36% of working women are employed in agrifood systems but women's roles tend to be marginalized. There will be no true prosperity, especially for the most vulnerable, if it is not shared and if the three dimensions of sustainability (economic, environmental, social) are not considered.  

The session will focus on the following questions:

  • What steps have been taken to ensure that the benefits of economic growth through food systems are shared equitably and have positive economic and nutrition outcomes for people who work in agrifood systems?
  • What is a success story that can be replicated/scaled up?
  • How can tradeoffs be managed between economic sustainability and environmental or social (including nutrition) sustainability?
  • What investments are critical in order to enable an inclusive and sustainable approach to generating economic prosperity?

This Leadership Dialogue will promote food systems transformation at scale and the implementation of national pathways through identifying how to breakthrough blockages emerging from tensions between economy, sustainability, society and health and identify concrete steps to generate shared prosperity. 



Jyotsna Puri
Ms. Jyotsna Puri

Associate Vice-President, Strategy and Knowledge Department, IFAD

Dr. Qu Dongyu
Mr. Qu Dongyu

Director-General of FAO

Wenche Westberg
Ms. Wenche Westberg

State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Norway

Christian Hofer
Mr. Christian Hofer

Swiss State Secretary of Agriculture

Girma Amente
H.E. Mr. Girma Amente

Minister of Agriculture, Ethiopia 

Dao The Anh
Mr. Dao The Anh

Vice-President, Vietnamese Academy of Agricultural

Jean-Marie Paugam
Mr. Jean-Marie Paugam

Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization

Jemimah Njuki
Ms. Jemimah Njuki

Director, Economic Empowerment, UN Women

Gunther Beger
Mr. Gunther Beger

Managing Director of the Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation, UNIDO

Interventions from the floor

Representatives from:

  • Mali
  • Norwegian embassy
  • Ohio State University
  • UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome