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Side event: Joining the dots towards action on healthy, sustainable and equitable food systems
byANH Academy
Academy Week Research Conference
Date and Time
From: 28 June 2023, 08:30
To: 28 June 2023, 09:45 - CAT (GMT+2)
Street: Umodzi Park Chilembwe, Lilongwe, Malawi

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There’s no blueprint for policy changes that materially improve people's lives. If the recent history of (in)action on the climate crisis tells us anything it’s that policy processes don’t operate in a vacuum and that a large body of evidence in itself is not necessarily sufficient to drive action at the speed and scale needed. So, what exactly gets in the way of progress on sustainable and healthy food system actions? What can be done to address this? And who needs to be involved?

  • Are you a practitioner, implementer or farmer with lived experiences that you know should shape policy?
  • Are you a researcher wondering how to get your evidence into the right hands, effectively framed and optimally timed?
  • Are you a civil society activist with a desire to take substantiated messages, storytelling and narrative change to those in power?
  • Are you a journalist or science communicator eager to cover agriculture and food issues but often without suitable material to work with?
  • Are you a policy decision-maker looking for clear and convincing information upon which to direct often scarce resources?

Join this interactive side event at ANH2023 to share your experiences, needs and desires about the types of coordinated collaboration needed to effect authentic change for food, people and the planet. Learn from others about what has and hasn’t worked in different contexts and discuss how these lessons could be translated or adapted elsewhere.  



The session will begin with short opening remarks from the perspectives of research, practice, civil society, journalism and policymaking, maybe more! – to set the scene. Then, we’ll leave as much time as possible for an open and iterative discussion among all participants (in-person and online).

The session is designed simply to stimulate discussion, foster new connections and ideas for collaborating towards the shared goal of healthy, sustainable and equitable food systems.


Organizations involved: 

  • Thin Ink
  • ANH Academy
  • Food Ethics Council & Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples Mechanism of CFS
  • Southern Africa Food Lab
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), South Asia
  • MSSRF, India
  • Africa Catalyzing Action for Nutrition (AfriCAN)



  • Thin Lei Win, Independent food systems and climate change journalist
  • Joe Yates, Agriculture, Nutrition & Health Academy
  • Dee Woods, Food Ethics Council & Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples Mechanism of CFS
  • Scott Drimie, Southern Africa Food Lab
  • Purnima Menon, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), South Asia
  • Sangeetha Rajeesh, MSSRF, India
  • Francis Zotor, Africa Catalyzing Action for Nutrition (AfriCAN)


Check out our ANH2023 communications toolkit media toolkit for useful Twitter handles, graphics and other materials. 


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