UK Global Food Security Summit

UK Global Food Security Summit

📅 20 November 2023
London, United Kingdom

The Global Food Security Summit will take place on 20 November 2023. It will focus international attention on the deepening global food security crisis and help boost efforts to achieve Zero Hunger and end malnutrition (SDG 2). It will galvanize support for lasting solutions that turn the tide and prevent famine, wider food insecurity, and malnutrition. Seeking to shift the dial on progress across four action pillars, it will shine a particular spotlight on UK-funded cutting-edge science and innovation. The Summit will showcase practical action achieving real, lasting improvements in people’s lives, delivered by UK expertise, partnerships, and science.

The UK will gather governments, international organizations, scientists, NGOs, and the private sector for a reset moment on the global food security crisis.

Speaking at the G20, the Prime Minister announced that leading experts will come together to tackle the causes of food insecurity and malnutrition, including through cutting-edge UK-funded science and technology, at an event in London.

Climate change, conflict, the long-term impacts of COVID-19, and the effects on the global food supply of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are the main drivers of current food insecurity.

Russia’s decision to withdraw from the Black Sea Grain Initiative (BSGI) last month, a UN plan to ensure food and fertilizers could leave Ukrainian ports, has reduced global grain supply at a critical time for vulnerable people around the world and contributed to further market volatility – when prices rise, the poorest pay.

The UK-hosted summit will explore how innovation, partnerships, and the latest technological advances can ensure long-term food security and improved nutrition for people in the hardest-hit countries.

It will focus on:

  • New approaches to tackle preventable deaths of children.
  • Building a climate-resilient and sustainable food system.
  • Supporting early action to prevent and reduce the impact of humanitarian crises.
  • Using science and technology to boost food security.

Through the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office’s science and research partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK is helping to find solutions to address global food and climate challenges – including more nutritious, resilient crop varieties and innovation to tackle pests and diseases.

Through the Child Nutrition Fund (CNF), the UK is already leading an innovative way of tackling child wasting and famine in some of the most vulnerable countries in the world. Severe wasting, the most severe form of malnutrition, is responsible for one in five deaths of children under five. The CNF is scaling up prevention and treatment services in countries with the greatest need such as Malawi.


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