Transforming food systems and improving diets

Transforming food systems and improving diets

A joint event by the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and GAIN on GAIN’s 20th anniversary.

The world is not on track to achieve targets for any of the nutrition indicators by 2030. While even before COVID-19, targets to meet SDG commitments to end world hunger and malnutrition in all its forms were unlikely to be met, the pandemic and the war of aggression against Ukraine have added further challenges, with real food, energy, and input prices skyrocketing.

Between 2019 to 2021 the number of hungry people worldwide increased from 650 million by an additional 118 million people in 2020 alone. Worldwide 2.2 billion people over 15 years of age are overweight or obese, while 150 million children under 5 years of age were affected by stunting in 2018. The high cost of healthy diets coupled with persistent high levels of income inequality put healthy diets out of reach for over 3 billion people, especially the poor. Hence, it is not surprising that no region worldwide actually meets recommendations for eating enough healthy foods and limiting unhealthy ones. Poor diets, malnutrition and hunger lead to reduced earning potential, increased costs for healthcare, poverty and inequality, while accounting for a sizeable share of the disease-related mortality worldwide. Current food systems are already operating beyond some of the planetary boundaries. Food and agriculture are major contributors to climate change, contributing around one-third of total greenhouse gas emissions. Land degradation and deforestation for agriculture are leading causes of biodiversity loss. At the same time, climate change is already affecting food security through weather extremes and changing precipitation patterns.  

The UN Food System Summit focussed attention on delivering new national pathways to food system transformation. This joint event by the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) aims to discuss possible steps towards sustainable food system transformation with diverse stakeholders and a particular focus on transitioning to healthier diets by expanding access to safe and nutritious foods for those low-income consumers most vulnerable to malnutrition. 

We will hear short presentations from various speakers followed by a moderated panel discussion. After the event light refreshments and snacks will be served.* 


  • Matin Qaim, Director ZEF 
  • Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director GAIN 
  • Kathrin Demmler, Technical Advisor to GAIN
  • Claudia Lormann-Nsengiyumva, Program Director GIZ


  • Joachim von Braun, ZEF

Please join us in person! Reservation for this event is needed, please reach out to until 23rd of September 2022
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