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Food Systems Dialogues

In the lead up to the UN Food Systems Summit, UN Member States are invited to host a series of three Member State Dialogues (hereafter referred to as National Food Systems Dialogues). The objective of these National Food Systems Dialogues is to enable a diverse set of invited stakeholders to work together to identify challenges and opportunities for building more sustainable food systems. The findings of the National Food Systems Dialogues will be posted on the UN Food Systems Dialogue Gateway to help inform the Summit outcomes.

USDA is the official convener for the U.S. National Food System Dialogues. USDA’s objective in hosting the U.S. National Food Systems Dialogues is to facilitate dialogue in the United States about sustainable food systems to inform policymaking at every level of government as well as UN Food Systems Summit outcomes. For the U.S. National Food Systems Dialogues, USDA is following the UN three-stage dialogue framework, with the first dialogue focusing on challenges to building more sustainable food systems and the second and third focusing on solutions and pathways to implementation. USDA hosted the first U.S. National Food Systems Dialogue on January 13, 2021. The second and third U.S. National Food Systems Dialogues will be held in spring 2021.

First U.S. National Food Systems Dialogue Summary Report: On January 13, 2021, USDA hosted the first U.S. National Food Systems Dialogue. This event, the first of the three-stage U.S. National Food Systems Dialogues, focused on identifying challenges to building more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable food systems in the United States. Through discussions, participants identified three overarching challenges to U.S. food systems: 1) information gaps with respect to nutrition and sustainability, 2) inequalities in access to healthy diets and opportunities in farming and food industries, and 3) environmental degradation and climate change. For a summary of the Dialogue organization, participation, and findings please click here (PDF, 179 KB).

USDA is working to ensure an inclusive process by inviting stakeholders from across the food system to participate in the U.S. National Food Systems Dialogues. Independent Summit Dialogues represent a way for even more people to engage in the process. Locally based, locally led, and fully adaptable to different contexts, Independent Summit Dialogues enable communities to identify sustainable solutions to strengthen local and global food systems. The easy-to-use Guide and Toolkit allow people everywhere to have a voice at the Summit. To share the results of your Independent Summit Dialogue with the USDA email FoodSystemsDialogues@usda.gov.