NPO Japan Heart opened a children’s medical center in Cambodia in 2018 and is working on medical treatment for childhood cancer.
Commitments to action
Food Procurement Officer Network
Betina Bergmann Madsen, UN Food System Summit
The Danish Ministry of Food and Environment established a network of food procurement officers from all cities and towns, regions and state in Denmark when adapting the European Green Public Procurement Guidelines to the Danish context.
At the beginning very few officers tried to incorporate sustainable criteria and the SDGs in their tendering process, due to lack of knowledge. The procurement officers often work alone. They are rarely exposed to the food systems global debates and are therefore not oriented on the changes that can and need to be implemented through their procurement work.
Now, just 3 years after the network was established, the knowledge-exchanges that our national government has fostered through the network has led to great improvements.
In a collaboration between the Danish Government and the Municipality of Copenhagen on a European Joint Action Program – from DG SANTE- called Best Remap, one of the tasks is to establish a European procurement officers’ network, encouraging all EU countries to create their own national network. Due to language barriers, it is not possible to establish one large international network, but we need to share procurement knowledge cross borders.
Led by an EU food procurement ambassador each chair of these national networks will meet regularly, so that the different countries can learn from each other. This is an example of working together and sharing important knowledge both horisontical and vertically. Local and national governments can work well together, and this is just two of the Danish examples on how it can be done.
Final note – to implement global actions like those of the SDGs more quickly, it would be useful to connect these national networks at the UN level through the procurement ambassadors.
The ambassadors would be able to inform as well as adapt and test inputs from global debates before bringing them to the national networks, where procurement officers from around the world can be helped to understand why it is important to know that a potato is just not a potato, and how we all can help creating a more sustainable and climate friendly food system.
Public food procurement
UN procurement ambassador
Recognizing that cooperation and collaboration among various stakeholders are essential for promoting the transformation of food systems, Japan conducted as many as sixty-three national dialogues with stakeholders such as producers, private companies, subnational governments, organizations, and consumers.
The PSGG has created a Business Declaration that sets out the business ambition in accelerating the transformation to an equitable, net-zero and nature-positive food systems that can nourish all people.
Reshaping food systems lies at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, as achieving poverty alleviation, food and nutrition security, equitable and inclusive societies greatly depends upon achieving sustainable food systems.
Ingredients for the Transformation of Uganda’s Food Systems for Better Nutrition and Health Outcomes
The main objective is to provide analysis of Uganda’s food system situation based on existing evidence and feedback to identify bottlenecks, opportunities, lessons and provide game-changing solutions to the bottlenecks so as to transform Uganda’s food systems for sustainable development.
Although Food Science and Technology (FST) plays a key role in sustainable food systems, particularly in post-harvest operations, its role has not been fully recognised by many actors. Therefore, a collaborative, cross-cutting online group has been set up under the guidance of the international Humanitarian Food Science and Technology (HFST) group.