More inclusive and fairer sustainable food systems for a wellbeing economy post-Covid 19

Scope and objectives

The United Nations will convene a Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) in 2021 with the aim to launch bold new actions to transform the way the world produces and consumes food, delivering progress on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The online public hearing organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in the context of the EESC Thematic Study Group on Sustainable Food Systems aims to:

  • explore the vulnerabilities and inequalities of European food systems, and to
  • identify the enablers to achieve more equitable and fair supply chains.

In particular, it will contribute to Action Track 4 - Advance equitable livelihoods of the UN Food Systems Summit.


The COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call for change. The crisis has underlined the fact that getting food "from farm to fork" cannot be taken for granted and has demonstrated the interconnectedness of actors and activities in agriculture and throughout the food system. It has also made us acutely aware of:

  • the vulnerabilities of certain groups and sectors, and of
  • the inequalities affecting the food supply chain.

The post-Covid recovery represents an opportunity to "build back better". More sustainable, fairer and inclusive food systems should contribute to a wellbeing economy that works for people and planet, leaving no one behind.

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