Towards healthy and sustainable food systems: agroecology, soil and healthy diets

Towards healthy and sustainable food systems: agroecology, soil and healthy diets

Getting the right nutrition can make a huge difference to your health and well-being. Rather than follow the latest fad diet, aim for a balanced diet of healthy food that provides the body with fluid, micronutrients, fibre and food energy. Try a variety of fruits and vegetables (three to six servings per day) and whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa and barley.

United Nations Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment – side event 

This is an official side event to the UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment (UNFSS+2), taking place on Tuesday, 24th July 2023. More
information on the UNFSS+2 can be found


Centre d’Étude Régional pour l’Amélioration à l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS), Senegal, Coalition of Action of Healthy Diet from Sustainable Food Systems from Children and All (HDSFS), Coalition of Action 4 Soil Health (CA4SH), Federal Office for Agriculture, Government of Switzerland, Food is Never Waste Coalition.


Food systems are responsible for 30% of Greenhouse gas emissions, 80% of deforestation, 70% of freshwater use, and the single greatest cause of terrestrial biodiversity loss and land degradation. Despite having sufficient food to feed 10 billion people with over 30% of food lost or wasted each year, many cannot afford healthy diets. Additionally, only 30 crops provide 95% of human food energy needs.

With over one-third of the Earth’s surface being degraded, the ecosystems ability to produce healthy and nutritious food is limited. A powerful lever, agroecology provides sustainable solutions to issues of soil degradation, climate, biodiversity, food security and nutrition, including precarious livelihoods and social inequalities, faced by farmers and food system workers.

Understanding linkages across health, nutrition and environmental sustainability highlights opportunities for collaboration and generating knowledge to call for action to invest in agroecology, soil, nature and people in transforming food systems.


The objectives of the side event are:

  • To better understand linkages between healthy soil and healthy food and the role of agroecological approaches and bio-circular economy in producing food that is healthy for both the people and the planet;
  • To inspire actors to take aligned actions, strategies and policies that embrace integrated approaches and leverage synergies.


  • Oliver Oliveros, Agroecology Coalition
  • Nancy Aburto, Deputy Director, Food and Nutrition Division, FAO


  • Phrang Roy, Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty
  • Patrizia Fracassi, Senior Nutrition Officer, FAO
  • Leigh Ann Winowicki, Global Research Leader, CIFOR-ICRAF and CA4SH
  • Berry Marttin, Board Member Rabobank, Member of the Food is Never Waste Coalition
  • Amadou Dialou, Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Senegal
  • Metin Türker, General Director of Agriculture Research and Policy, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Türkiye
  • Mariam Bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates 


The side event is hybrid with in-person participation at the premises of the
FAO Headquarters in Rome and it will be broadcasted on the UNFSS+2 virtual
campus. Please register here to follow the event online.  


Kerri Waldron

My name is Kerri Waldron and I am an avid healthy lifestyle participant who lives by proper nutrition and keeping active. One of the things I love best is to get to where I am going by walking every chance I get. If you want to feel great with renewed energy, you have to practice good nutrition and stay active.

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