Title: The Role of Biodiversity for Nutrition Security: Exploring the importance of SDG2.5 and contributions for increased awareness
Organisers: The Crop Trust, The Netherlands, SDG2 Advocacy Hub
This proposed event will introduce the Food Forever Initiative, a multi-stakeholder platform for raising awareness on the importance of crop and livestock diversity for more resilient food systems. The Netherlands Government and the Crop Trust are jointly providing the secretariat function for this inclusive campaign composed of high profile Champions and a vast set of Partner Organizations.
The value of this biodiversity is well established amongst scientists, but unfortunately businesses, governments and consumers are mostly unaware of this vast spectrum of colors, flavors and traits for increased nutritional security and climate-resilience that exists in nature. Food Forever works to raise awareness in support of SDG 2.5 which calls on us all to ensure the conservation and effective use of the diversity of our foods. The event will highlight the role of crop and livestock diversity for breeding more nutritious foods. We will then seek input from participants to explore how we can effectively raise awareness for SDG 2.5 with new audiences and stakeholders. The task is urgent, as SDG 2.5 carries a deadline of 2020. This is a call to action for ideas, input and a request to all to consider 2.5 specifically in their formal SDG reporting.