Food systems account for up to one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions and are failing 768 million people living in hunger. In the face of volatile global shocks from conflicts such as the war in Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic, and extreme weather events, it has become more urgent than ever to transition food systems to a net-zero, nature-positive infrastructure that nourishes and feeds everyone.

The compounded effects from these global shocks are deepening chronic complex challenges, from hunger and nutrition to climate and nature, and societal inequity.

In this Opening Plenary for the ‘Bold Actions for Food’ event, leaders will explore the interrelated risks threatening regional and country food systems, which are already under pressure to navigate complex transitions. The interactive panel will explore the pathways that address these challenges and discuss how to raise ambitions for joint leadership actions that leverage global milestones in 2022, including COP27.

The session will take place on 15 March 2022 at 16:00 CET (11:00 EST) and will be available to watch on this page.

Key topics to be addressed:

• Global outlook for 2022; Rising food insecurity and market volatility

• Enabling countries to take on integrated transitions across food, nature and health

• Unlocking policy, innovation and finance levers to scale solutions


  • Hanneke Faber, President, Foods and Refreshment Division, Unilever, Netherlands
  • Sam Kass, Partner, Acre Venture Partners, USA; Young Global Leader
  • Jürgen Vögele, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank, USA
  • Rodrigo Santos, Member of the Board of Management and Head of the Crop Science Division, Bayer

Moderated by:

  • Bronwyn Nielsen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Nielsen Network, South Africa

Remarks by:

  • Qu Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome

Closing Remarks by:

  • Hon. Tom J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture of the United States