As part of the 4th Global Conference of the Sustainable Food Systems Programme, Chef Chris Koetke, Chairman of Worldchefs Feed the Planet Committee will participate in the Panel Discussion: Modernizing Mindset and Operating Models for Food System Actors.
Date: 24 April 2023
Time: 12:00 – 13:30 CET
About the Panel
This conference panel will explore the importance of mindset and operating models in modernizing the food system. At global scale our food system is facing numerous challenges including climate change, food insecurity, biodiversity erosion, food waste, unsustainable agricultural practices and public health. To address these challenges, decision makers must rethink their positions towards new approaches and ways of working. In this panel unique speakers which are strong in their domain, will share their unique insights and will discuss the need for modernizing the mindset and operating models of food system actors.
The discussion will revolve around the following themes:
- Mindset transformation: First topic to kick off will be the need for a paradigm shift in the way food system actors think about their roles and responsibilities. They will revisit the importance of adopting a more holistic approach that considers the entire food value chain, from production to recycling.
- Operating model innovation: Around this theme we will discuss the importance of leveraging technology to optimize food system operations and developing innovative operating models that increase efficiency, reduce waste, and improve sustainability.
- Circular economy adaptations: Here we will debate about promoting sustainable practices such as reducing waste, increasing resource efficiency, and designing for reuse and regeneration.
- Policy and regulation: Finally, we will touch on the role of policy and regulation in facilitating the modernization of the food system. Discussion will focus on the need for policies that incentivize innovation and support the transition to a more sustainable and resilient food system.
Overall, this panel aims to provide insights into the importance of why our way of thinking and way of working across the entire food system needs modernization urgently. Moreover it will offer practical recommendations for food system actors to adopt new approaches and strategies to address the challenges facing the global food system.
This panel is moderated by RuralPM.
About the Conference
Agriculture is responsible for a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions and land-use change, and yet nearly half the world’s population relies on it for their livelihood. Global food systems leave over 828 million people affected by hunger, and over 3 billion people cannot afford a healthy diet. The UN Secretary General’s Food Systems Summit in 2021 emphasized the need to build sustainable food systems that are healthy for people and the planet, and over 100 countries developed “Food Systems Transformation National Pathways” to take transformative action. The Stockholm+50 international meeting in June 2022 acknowledged the crises of COVID-19, high costs, new conflicts, and climate change and called for a review of the current economic system to account for human health and the environment. The urgent need for transformative action at scale requires countries to deliver on their commitments, which will be accounted for in the first UNFSS Stock-Taking meeting in 2023, following the 4th global conference of the SFS Programme (Hanoi, 24 – 27 April 2023).