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27 January 2021

SIANI Annual Meeting 2021: Inclusive and sustainable food systems

How can we transform our food system into something that is sustainable, resilient and inclusive? What will be the most burning topics at the Food Systems Summit? And how can SIANI as a network come together and contribute during 2021?

Photo: Icaro Cooke Vieira (CIFOR) / Flickr.

We are excited to welcome you to the SIANI Annual Meeting 2021. This year we will not be able to meet as usual, so instead, we will be opening the event up to even more participants online during January, 27-29 2021. We hope this will be an opportunity to connect, share ideas and exchange experiences to forward the discussions on inclusive and sustainable food systems transformation.

Each day of the SIANI Annual Meeting 2021 will have a different theme as outlined below. Please note that this year you will have to register to each separate event. We hope to see you in all of them.

Making food systems sustainable and inclusive
Wednesday, 27 January, 09:30 – 12:00 CET

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged and interrupted today’s food systems. The hardest hit are the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. The COVID-19 pandemic serves as a wake-up call, pushing us to think differently and find new solutions to today’s challenges. It is a call for a transition towards resilient and inclusive food systems that are prepared for emergencies and that can provide food and nutrition for everyone within the planetary boundaries.

This opening session of the SIANI Annual Meeting 2021 will feature expert voices from the sector and explore what is needed for a food systems transformation that is inclusive and sustainable and aims to lift voices and perspectives often missed.


  • Welcome and introduction
    Annika Åhnberg, Chair of SIANI Steering Committee
  • Sustainable and inclusive food systems in Addis?
    Magnus Jirström, Professor of Human Geography, Lund University
  • Speed talks: Perspectives on sustainable and inclusive food systems during the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Food security for women living in slum settlements
      Judy Matu, National Chairlady, Association of Women in Agriculture Kenya (AWAK)
    • Indigenous peoples’ food systems
      Nonette Royo, Executive Director, The Tenure Facility 
    • Being a young agripreneur and the consequences of COVID-19
      Muteti Francisca Ndinda, Agripreneur and Co-owner, Hallmark-Bio Enterprises
    • A food system without farmworkers?
      Dr. Hidayat Greenfield, Regional Secretary for Asia-Pacific, International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tourism, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF)
  • Q&A: An interactive discussion with the audience
  • Group discussion: How can we contribute to more inclusive and sustainable food systems?
  • Linking sustainable food systems to policy
    Esse Nilsson, Senior Policy Advisor for Rural Development and Food Security, Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).

Moderator: Anna Ioannou, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning officer, SIANI

Read the summary of the opening session.

Powering your agriculture and food security work with impactful communication
Thursday, 28th January, 09:30 – 12:00 CET

If we want to create resilient, equitable and sustainable food systems, communication is key. But how do we deliver impact with communication in an inclusive and engaging way? This session will discuss a framework for approaching your communications strategy and the tools for building your outreach with examples from real life. This session will consist of a panel discussion, followed by an interactive workshop in breakout rooms, focusing on idea exchange about how to effectively use communication to transform our food.

Experts at the event:

  • Judy MatuNational Chairlady, Association of Women in Agriculture Kenya (AWAK).  
  • Michael Victor, Head of Communications and Knowledge Management at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). 
  • Thin Lei WinJournalist with over ten years of experience covering international development, including as a climate and food security correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation.  
  • Anneli SundinCommunications lead for the AgriFoSe2030 Programme, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). 

Moderator: Ekaterina Bessonova, Communications Officer, SIANI. 

Read the summary and watch the recording of the meeting focusing on impactful communication.

Promoting youth in food systems – today and tomorrow
Friday, 29th January, 09:30 – 11:30 CET

As the food systems discussions kick off during 2021 and the end of COVID-19 is getting closer, the enormous challenges and threats from climate change and environmental degradation are intensifying. The global community’s actions to create sustainable food systems and to fight climate change during 2021 will have long-lasting effects, not least for the young people. This session asks: How can we ensure that youth are central in the food systems transformation? And what challenges do youth engaged in food systems experience today?


  • Amanda Wood, Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre 
  • Katarina Wahlgren, Deputy Director, Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation 
  • Maureen Muketha, Founder of TuleVyema and Fellow, Young African Leaders Initiative 
  • Sanna Vannar, Chair of Sáminourra 
  • Thomas Rosswall, Member of the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) 

Moderator: Jonathan Eng, Network Coordinator, SIANI

Read the summary and watch the recording of the meeting focusing on promoting youth.


From 27 January 2021 to 29 January 2021


3 sessions broadcast on Zoom.

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