Over half a year has passed since the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP26) whose sidelines witnessed unprecedented mobilisation around the key role that sustainable food systems should play in climate action (see for example the inspiring call of over 100 local and regional governments that committed to tackling the climate emergency through integrated food policies and called on national governments to act through the Glasgow Food & Climate Declaration).
In November 2021, the world was largely preoccupied with the COVID 19 pandemic which highlighted major vulnerabilities in our food systems.
Now the war between Ukraine and Russia sadly continues to expose the fragility of our dependency on global supply chains.
Everywhere in the world, the increase in the price of agricultural inputs, transport, and key food commodities is hampering citizens’ access to food. Those who were already suffering from other crises: the pandemic, climate change and war, are disproportionately affected.