World Food Day 2023

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Thanks to all those who helped make WFD2023 a success! 

October 11, 2023

10:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Event by Netherlands Food Partnership

Thanks to all those who helped make WFD2023 a success! 

World Food Day 2023 brought together a broad spectrum of stakeholders working in the food systems sector who are passionate about the need for more equitable and sustainable food systems. Under the theme "Recognizing the role of the Private Sector in Creating Sustainable Food Systems," the event revolved around exploring the role of the private sector in helping bring about this change.

Fostering Connections and Idea Sharing

The event was marked by thoughtful discussions on critical topics with distinguished speakers and panellists sharing experiences and knowledge. Beyond listening to speeches, participants had the opportunity to connect with representatives of different institutions, nationalities, and age groups, fostering relationships that could one day shape the future of global food systems.

High-Level Participation and Engagement Numbers

The event featured ten unique side events that allowed attendees to delve deeper into specific areas of interest. With over 330 participants, 40% of which were under the age of 35, World Food Day 2023 attracted a diverse mix of individuals from governments, NGOs, academia, and the private sector. The main stage featured 16 distinguished speakers, each contributing their expertise and vision to the discourse. Additionally, the presence of over 60 private sector representatives underscored the commitment of industry leaders to the cause of sustainable food systems.

A Unified Goal

Throughout the day, the shared goal remained at the forefront – working together to end hunger. World Food Day 2023 served as a platform to reaffirm our collective commitment to creating a world where no one goes to bed hungry. It was a day to recognize the power of collective action, driven by a belief that equitable and sustainable food systems are not just a dream but an achievable reality. Woven into the conversations and presentations throughout the day was a reaffirmation of the relevance of this year’s theme – the private sector has a vital role to play, and together with other sectors, can work collaboratively to make sustainable food systems the world needs now more than ever.

Side Session Summary: True Price Policy & Practice

GPTPF organised a session with guest speakers and True Price practitioners: Martijn Versteegh of Albert Heijn and Paul Schoenmakers of Tonys Chocolonely and panelists from GAIN, Behavioural Insights, and Impact Institute. The session objective was to inspire participants and provide them with the opportunity to join GPTPF.

International Responsible Business Conduct: From Legal, to Moral, to Impact.

During the World Food Day event hosted by Netherlands Food Partnership, a side-event took place on the topic of International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC). FoodFIRST in collaboration with Manon Wolfkamp and Ruud van Soelen (Social Economic Council) facilitated the conversation.

Informality Matters Side Session

The hybrid side event Informality matters: the role of the largest private sector in creating sustainable food systems, took place during the Netherlands Food Partnerships World Food Day event on October 12, 2023, with a focus on understanding the informal sector's role in food systems and identifying constructive ways to collaborate.

Inclusive Finance Side Session
Check out this slideshow capturing the energy and impressions of the day.

Thank you to everyone who participated in NFP’s World Food Day 2023. You helped make this event a smashing success. The positive energy and connections made will be the momentum for the coming months as we continue to work towards more sustainable food systems for everyone! 

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Suzan van Hees

NFP Event Manager

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