Everyone at the Table: Transforming food systems by connecting science, policy and society. Independent Expert Report. Webb, Patrick ; Sonnino, Roberta ; Fraser, Evan ; Arnold Tom. Published: 2022-06-14. Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission). DOI 10.2777/440690
A High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) was established by the European Commission in Feb 2021 to assess the needs and options for strengthening the sciencepolicy interface (SPI) for improved food systems governance.
The HLEG concludes that food system transformation must be better supported through more ambitious interlinked science-policy-society interfaces and recommends the following pathways:
i) multilateral institutions must strengthen and adapt existing SPIs with additional resources and a broader mandate to engage across sectors and scales;
ii) they should cooperate with member states to fund a series of dedicated taskforces to fill knowledge and data gaps; and
iii) they should collectively invest in a global coordination hub to build capacity, convene regional assessments as well as forecast and model trends.
The experts’ initial findings were presented in July 2021 at the United Nations Food Systems Summit affiliated session, and this final report is meant to further feed into post summit discussions and follow-up actions.