The side-event is designed as an interactive web-dialogue to discuss the need for a collaborative effort to accelerate a food systems transformation in the Mediterranean region, in  the COVID-19 context.

   As the disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 crisis have highlighted the fragility of contemporary food systems, the side-event will highlight the importance of adopting an integrated context-specific Mediterranean SFS  approach, leveraging the Mediterranean Diet for sustainable food consumption and production, while coping with the intertwined environmental, economic, socio-cultural,  educational and nutritional challenges that the region is facing today.

   The multi-stakeholder sustainable food systems initiative of the SFS-MED Platform,  an affiliated project of the UN One Planet Network SFS Programme,  jointly supported by FAO, CIHEAM and the Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat, will also be presented with a view to being reinforced by a broader partnership inclusive of all interested parties, and to further strengthening the collaboration with the UN One Planet Network SFS Programme partners.

   The overall aim of this side-event is to initiate a regional SFS multistakeholder dialogue in for the Mediterranean as a contribution to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit preparatory process, and to boost more collaborative multi-stakeholder SFS actions on the ground to accelerate the 2030 Agenda in the region.



Jamie Morrison, Director Food Systems and Food Safety Division, FAO


Plácido Plaza, Secretary-General, CIHEAM

Isidro González, Deputy Secretary-General, UfM

Máximo Torero, Chief-Economist, FAO

The SFS-MED Platform, an interactive panel discussion

Focal Points:

Roberto Capone, Focal Point, CIHEAM

José Valls Bedeau, Focal Point FAO

Alessandra Sensi / Giuseppe Provenzano, Focal Point, UfMS


Sandro Dernini, Coordinator, SFS-MED Platform Coordination Desk; Senior Advisor CIHEAM-Bari