Less than a decade remains to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – MEDA is committed to helping make global food systems more equitable and sustainable

Woman in Nicaragua holding a bucket in a field. Text overlay: UN Food Systems Summit Dialogues

May 24th, 2021 – Waterloo, ON – MEDA calls on the international community to make the food system more equitable to all people. Global agri-food systems need transformation if they are to support the world’s nearly eight billion people, and our planet. The pandemic has only worsened food systems vulnerabilities, such as climate change and political instability, creating immediate threats to people’s wellbeing, wealth, education, rights, and security.

Created in 2019 by the current UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders in food systems, including small-scale producers, women, youth, and small and medium-sized enterprises, and will shine a much-needed spotlight on food systems issues. As MEDA’s Technical Director, Market Systems, Jennifer King asserts, our food systems and their policies need to ensure that all agri-food system actors’ voices can be heard.

“We have just nine years left to achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, many of which relate to sustainable agriculture and food systems,” said King. “The pandemic has worsened systemic inequalities in our societies and food systems and revealed what many already knew: that women and men small-scale producers and micro and small businesses are critical to communities and food security. They must have more of a voice in how the world’s food is produced, distributed, and consumed.”

MEDA will host an upcoming UNFSS dialog this Friday, May 28th in Spanish. A report with recommendations from this dialog will be shared two weeks later. The dialog and summit are further aligned with MEDA’s strategic plan, Towards an Equal World, which aims to enable 500,000 people in the Global South to gain decent work and better livelihoods.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Krista O’Brien

Director, Creative and Corporate Communications
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)
kobrien@meda.org

Jennifer King
Technical Director, Market Systems
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)
jking@meda.org

About MEDA:

MEDA – Mennonite Economic Development Associates – is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. For nearly 70 years, MEDA has been creating business solutions to poverty that are sustainable, scalable, measurable, and replicable. MEDA began as an association of Mennonite businesspeople who believed they were called to be faithful in generously sharing their abilities and resources. Continuing in that Christian tradition, MEDA welcomes all who share our values and want to join us in our mission. Donations to MEDA are multiplied in impact seven times on average. MEDA has offices in Waterloo and Ottawa, ON, Washington, DC, and Lancaster, PA, and internationally.

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