Forum Purpose & Mission

The Agri-Food Systems Summit was a highly anticipated event hosted by Climate Action, in technical collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The Summit brought together 400 global agri-food stakeholders across all sectors, including policymakers, investors, innovators, technology providers, farmers, researchers, retailers, and business leaders. The Summit aimed to explore ways in which we can achieve SDG2 – making our food systems more efficient, resilient, and sustainable.

To achieve this goal, the Summit prioritised creating new models of collaboration among these stakeholders and identified innovative pathways to transform agri-food systems into sustainable and resilient models for the future. Key areas of focus included the development of sustainable food chains, with particular attention to addressing water scarcity and harnessing the power of innovation and technology to facilitate this transformative process. By fostering innovation and collaboration throughout the entire agricultural value chain, the Summit aimed to drive progress towards a sustainable agri-food economy and stimulate positive change within the industry.

Agri-Food Systems Summit

The Summit took place on 8 December 2023, during COP28 in Dubai, focusing on the crucial task of building resilience within our agri-food systems through the adoption of innovation. Located within the Climate Action Innovation Zone at the Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre in the heart of Dubai, this strategic location offered attendees of COP28 easy access to the Summit, without requiring Blue Zone accreditation, which ensured an inclusive gathering of key agri-food stakeholders during COP28.


A Flagship Event of the Climate Action Innovation Zone

The Agri-Food Systems Summit 2023 was hosted at the free-to-attend Climate Action Innovation Zone, a hub for cross-sector collaboration at COP28.

With independent badging, the Innovation Zone was an accessible, professionally-run centre of gravity, outside of the Blue & Green Zones.

Open between Monday 4th and Friday 8th December at the Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre, Dubai, the Innovation Zone included an exhibition of innovative climate solutions, diverse workshop and roundtable spaces, a business lounge, numerous meeting rooms, dinners and evening receptions.

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