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Denmark is hosting the World Food Summit 2021 on 15-16 April

Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Rasmus Prehn, invites politicians, high-level officials, civil society, youth, scientists and business to discuss how to transform tomorrow’s food systems.
(Press release from the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries).

News, Published: 14. April 2021


On 15-16 April 2021, the Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries will host the fifth annual World Food Summit – Better Food for More People. Over 300 participants from across the world are expected to log on to the virtual Summit, which will be opened by His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.

At the World Food Summit, presentations and workshops will focus on how to establish pathways for game-changing innovations necessary for sustainable food system transformations. Emphasis will be on the four areas of Food Loss and Food Waste, Healthy and Sustainable Diets, Deforestation-free Value Chains, and Antimicrobial Resistance. Areas where Denmark holds strong positions.

“The world is facing massive challenges, as we now and in the years ahead must learn to produce enough healthy and safe food for a growing population. Simultaneously, we must to do better at reaching these goals in a sustainable way with due consideration for natural resources and climate,” says Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Rasmus Prehn.

To pursue these priorities, the Minister has invited to the World Food Summit a large number of international participants representing governments, business, organisations, academia, civil society as well as the next generation of sustainability leaders. These experienced key stakeholders will work together to define actions that are necessary to transform the food systems to become safer, healthier, and more sustainable.

A key purpose of this year’s World Food Summit is to contribute to the success of the UN Food Systems Summit that will take place in September 2021 by providing input and showcasing examples that can lead to game-changing pathways. Minister Rasmus Prehn will carry forth the conclusions from the World Food Summit with a view to the UN Summit in New York.

Speakers at the World Food Summit include Dr. Agnes Kalibata, UN Special Envoy for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit and EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides. The meeting is moderated by Global Lead Food Scientist, Brent Loken, from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s summit will be virtual.

In advance of the summit the Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries will bring together ministers at a High-Level Ministerial Meeting, where they will discuss the four themes that are the focus of the World Food Summit 2021.

Through an array of engaging side events during the weeks surrounding the Summit, the World Food Summit 2021 seeks to bring together policy makers, industry pioneers, and civil society spearheads in order to catalyze knowledge sharing and solutions to drive a sustainable progress.

Facts:

The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries will host the World Food Summit 2021 on 15-16 April 2021 with the Summit being held on 15 April from 1-3 pm (CET) followed by a virtual Danish National Food Systems Dialogue on 16 April from 1-4 pm (CET) organized in collaboration with Gain Nordic.

In advance of the Summit, there will be a High-Level Ministerial Meeting on 15 April from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm (CET). The Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Rasmus Prehn, is hosting the World Food Summit 2021.

Press can participate in the summit by inquiry at WFS@fvst.dk

Additional information:

Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries press telephone: +45 2018 4052