Food systems in crises – solutions for more resilience

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Time: Friday, 20. January 2023, 09:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Room: M6-M7

Languages: English, German


The world is facing the largest food crisis in modern history. Millions are at risk of worsening hunger unless action is taken now. But humanitarian aid is not enough. We need to respond together and at scale to the drivers of this crisis: conflict, climate shocks, and the threat of a global recession. WFP in 2022 has again scaled up its response to a record level, aiming to reach 153 million people worldwide. With spiraling needs worldwide, we need to think beyond humanitarian action and invest in long-term change. The current crisis has exposed all the weak spots in our food systems. Tackling these systemic challenges is key to breaking the cycle of crises the world is facing today.

And it is possible: solutions exist and expertise is available. This panel will showcase comprehensive approaches that address food systems challenges in a holistic manner. Food insecurity, climate change, rising prices, and soil erosion are interlinked problems and finding solutions must not happen in silos. We want to bring experiences from practitioners together and give the people affected a voice. Ultimately, resilient food systems require the inclusion of all – women, youth, minorities.

We will discuss solutions to create crisis-proof and climate-friendly food systems with a focus on sustainable land use and the role of soils. The discussion will zoom in on inclusive, non-discriminatory and localized solutions that highlight the crucial role of women within food systems: Without their equal access to land, we will not be able to reach Zero Hunger by 2030.


Joao Campari is Global Leader of WWF’s Food Practice, leading the organisation’s efforts to enhance the sustainability of the global food system. His primary areas of focus are sustainable agriculture and aquaculture, sustainable diets and food loss and waste. Joao was recently the Chair of the UN Food Systems Summit Action Track 3, on boosting nature-positive production. Prior to WWF, Joao was Special Sustainability Advisor at the Ministry of Agriculture in Brazil, where he also served as President of the Low-Carbon Agriculture Platform and as Executive Secretary of the Agribusiness Commission on Sustainable Development. Joao holds a Ph. D. in environmental economics and his research and publications focus on the nexus of rural poverty and natural resources management in agricultural frontiers.

Dr. Leigh Ann Winowiecki is the Global Research Lead for Soil and Land Health at CIFOR-ICRAF, based in Nairobi, Kenya. A soil scientist, her research focuses on scaling farmer-centered landscape restoration, understanding drivers of degradation and quantifying the impacts of land management on soil organic carbon. Since 2009 she has co-developed and implemented the Land Degradation Surveillance Framework (LDSF) in over 40 countries across the tropics. The framework is a systematic methodology to assess ecosystem health and track restoration efforts across landscapes. She has published widely on soil organic carbon, ecosystem services and land degradation across sub-Saharan Africa and the tropics, including a coherent set of open access datasets. She co-leads the Coalition of Action 4 Soil Health (CA4SH), which aims to catalyze investments in soil health for human well-being and climate. She is on the Scientific Task Force and the Monitoring Task Force for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration as well as the Scientific Steering Committee for the Global Soil Health Programme. She co-leads the Landscape Restoration Transformative Partnership Platform. She is also a founding Board Member of the International Union of Agroforestry (IUAF).


Rattan Lal, PhD, is Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Carbon (C) Management and Sequestration Center , Ohio State University, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Iceland and IARI, New Delhi. He was President of the WASWAC (1987-1990), ISTRO (1988-1991), SSSA (2006-2008), and the IUSS (2017-2018). He researches soil C sequestration, conservation agriculture, soil health, soil erosion and C dynamics, soil structure, eco-intensification, soil restoration, and soils of the tropics. He has authored 1,020 journal articles, authored/edited more than 100 books, mentored 370 researchers, has h-index of 163, and total citations of 120,719. In a Stanford study (Ioannidis et al. 2019, 2020), he is ranked #111 globally among world’s top 2% of scientists, and #1 among scientists in Agronomy & Agriculture. Reuter Thompson ranked him #391 among the top 1000 climatologists He holds IICA’s Chair in Soil Science and Goodwill Ambassador in Sustainable Development. He is a member of the 2021 U.N. Food System Summit Science Committee and Action Track 3. He received the 2018 GCHERA World Agriculture Prize, 2018 Glinka World Soil Prize, 2019 Japan Prize, 2019 IFFCO Award, 2020 Arrell Global Food Innovation Award, the 2020 World Food Prize, and the 2021 Padma Shri Award, India.

Sandrine Dixson-Decleve is an international and European climate, energy, sustainable development, sustainable finance, complex systems thought leader. She is currently the Co-President of the Club of Rome and divides her time between lecturing, facilitating difficult conversations and advisory work. She currently Chairs the European Commission, Expert Group on Economic and Societal Impact of Research & Innovation (ESIR) and sits on several Boards & Advisory Boards including Climate KIC, Laudes Foundation, Imperial College Leonardo Centre, EDP, BMW, UCB and is a Senior Associate and faculty member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). In addition, she is an Ambassador, for the Energy Transition Commission (ETC) and the Well Being Alliance (WeAll) and a Fellow of the World Academy of Science & Art. In 2017 Sandrine co-founded the Women Enablers Change Agent Network (WECAN).
Recognitions and previous positions include: Sandrine recently published “Quel Monde Pour Demain” lucpire editions 2021 and “Earth for All: A survival guide for humanity”. 2022 She was recognised by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business. She has spent her career working with and bringing together business leaders, policy makers, academia and NGO’s to unpack complex challenges.
Until recently, Sandrine was on the European Commissions Sustainable Finance Platform and Sustainable Finance Taxonomy Expert Group, Assembly Member, Climate Mitigation & Adaptation Mission (European Commission, DGR&I) and chaired the UCL Bartlett School of Environment Energy & Resources Advisory Board. She was Chief Partnership Officer for UNSEforAll, and Director of the Prince of Wales’ Climate Leaders Group and the European Office of CISL. Over her 33 year career, she has advised HRH The Prince of Wales, Members of the European Parliament, European Commission President’s, Commissioners and officials, Governments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, international organizations (OPEC, ADB, OECD, UNEP, USAID, UNFCCC, IEA) and business leaders of large international, European and African companies. Sandrine was Vice Chair, European Biofuels Technology Platform 2008-2016; Board member, We Mean Business 2014-2016 and the Sustainability Advisory Board of the Oil and Gas major Sasol from 2007-2010. She was also a Member of The Guardian’s Sustainable Business Advisory Board. She continues to advise policy and business leaders from across the globe.


• M.Sc., Environmental Sciences with honours, Université Libre de Bruxelles
• B.A. International Relations with honours & B.A. French with honours, University of California at Davis, California, U.S.A
• Courses on European Integration Law and Economics, l’Institut d’Études Européenne Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Speaking engagement and Publications:
TED Countdown and TEDx: The Sustainable Future series. Sandrine recently released a joint intergenerational book on the future “Quel Monde Pour Deman” lucpire éditions and has published reports, numerous articles, OpEd’s, book chapters and given presentations and lectures on planetary and climate tipping points, the Planetary Emergency, well being and new economic models, green growth and competitiveness, energy, sustainable development, transport, conventional and alternative fuel quality legislation as well as on trade & environment.
Languages: French (Mother tongue); English (Mother tongue); Spanish (Basic)


Dr. Frick joined the WFP Global Office Germany in Berlin as Director in 2021. Since November 2022, he also acts as Director a.i. of the WFP Brussels Office to the Euro-pean Union. Prior to these assignments, he was the Deputy Special Envoy to the Food Systems Summit 2021. He served before as the Senior Director of UN Climate Change (UNFCC) where he was overseeing the implementation of the Paris Agree-ment and the secretariat’s Climate Action work. From 2015 – 2017, he served as Di-rector for Climate Change at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). As Ambassador to the international organizations based in Germany (2012-2015), he helped building up the UN’s sustainability hub in Bonn. Prior to this assignment, he led E3G’s – Third Generation Environmentalists, a leading climate change think tank – climate diplomacy work. From 2007 to 2010, as Programme Director of Kofi Annan’s Global Humanitarian Fo-rum, Dr. Frick developed the founding narrative of climate justice. In 2007, during the German EU presidency, he was the European Union’s lead negotiator in the estab-lishment of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Prior to this, Dr. Frick served as German representative for human rights and humanitarian affairs at the UN General Assembly (2005 to 2007). From 2002 to 2005, he was Cabinet Affairs Advisor to Ger-man Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. From 1999 to 2002 he was posted to post-crisis Albania as Consul and Deputy Ambassador. Dr. Frick has been a German diplomat since 1996. He holds a PhD in Law from Re-gensburg University and a diploma in International Relations from Science Po Stras-bourg. He was a senior fellow at Demos, New York as well as a guest lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.


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