Climate Action, in technical collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), hosted a three-part digital event series addressing global food, agriculture, and land use challenges in the face of our climate and health emergencies.
The series was designed in response to the growing demand for new models of multi-stakeholder collaboration to achieve food security, sustainable development and other global goals outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
3-Part Series Hosted on AI-Based Networking Platform
Food Security and the Global Recovery
Can we rebuild global food security to accelerate a resilient recovery?
Global Movement Coordinator & Food Waste Warrior
Too Good To Go
Maria Helena Semedo
Deputy Director General
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Maria is an economist and politician from Cape Verde. A leading expert in global development issues, she has worked in public service for over thirty years. Over the last decade, FAO has contributed to a new narrative, one where agriculture features more prominently in addressing increasingly complex emerging global issues– from climate change to conflict. By promoting a systematic integrated approach that takes a more inclusive view, Ms Semedo has fostered cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder exchanges, resulting in greater engagement and stronger strategic partnerships to better position FAO in its role to promote the transition towards sustainable food and agriculture systems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Before taking up her current duties in 2013, Ms Semedo gained valuable experience and insight in Africa, first as FAO Representative in Niger (2003-2008), then as Deputy Regional Representative for Africa and Sub-regional Coordinator for West Africa (2008-2009) and Regional Representative for Africa (2009-2013). Prior to her international career, she worked as an economist for the Cabo Verde Ministry of Planning and Cooperation before becoming Secretary of State for Fisheries, then in 1993 Minister for Fisheries, Agriculture and Rural Affairs – the first-ever woman Minister in her country. After serving as Minister for Tourism, Transportation and Marine Affairs from 1995-1998, she became Member of Parliament, a position she held until 2003.
Honors and awards
• Receives the Crans Montana Forum Prix de la Fondation
• The Government of Brazil bestows the honorific Order of Rio Branco
• The Universidade Aberta in Lisbon confers the Honoris Causa doctorate for her work in global
• Named “Woman of the Year” at the commemoration of the 2018 Women Diplomats Day in
• Receives the Order of Niger for her distinguished service to the field of agriculture.
Juan Lucas Restrepo
Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
Corporate Development and Communications Manager
Tess has spent over 4 years working in the meat alternative sector within research translation roles, utilising expertise in health psychology and its application to nutritional behaviours, dietary change, and food system sustainability. Prior to her role at Quorn Foods, Tess completed a masters focused on plant-based nutrition in long term conditions, has worked extensively within the hospitality sector, and grew up on a working farm.
Director of the Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division
International Fund for Agricultural Development
Margarita Astrálaga is the Director of the Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division (ECG) at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). She leads a dynamic team to mainstream environment, climate, gender and social inclusion solutions in IFAD’s operations and policies, while ensuring that the highest social, environmental and climate safeguards are applied. Examples of her leadership are found in her coordination and mobilization of environment and climate finance and the engagement with international trust funds, her participation and dedication to policy making, partnership development and program supervision in Member States.
Astrálaga joined IFAD’s team in Rome in June 2015 from Panama where she was UNEP’s Regional Director for Latin America & the Caribbean. Her career began as a devoted member of the Colombian Environmental Agency which led to over 25 years of experience and wide range responsibilities in several international organizations working toward environmental sustainability from many different perspectives.
Astrálaga is a Colombian biologist, specialising in Environmental Management from the Danish Water Institute, with a master’s in Regional Planning and Development.
Lead Food Initiative
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Senior Vice President Digital Farming
Stefan Fürnsinn is Senior Vice President Crop & Digital Solutions, at Yara International.
Passionate about responsibly feeding the world and protecting the planet, Stefan is in charge of managing and scaling the global digital and precision agriculture business in Yara, and for innovating and commercializing digitally-enabled business models. His role is truly global, leading a dynamic and fast growing digital team across all regions and key agricultural markets. The focus lies on designing innovative services and solutions that speak directly to the farmer’s, agronomist’s and food chain’s evolving needs in a shifting world, towards more productive, prospering and sustainable food production.
Stefan holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering as well as a Master Degree in International Business. Before joining Yara, Stefan was a Partner at McKinsey & Company focusing on agriculture and food, and an entrepreneur and scientist in renewable energy.
The Great Food Challenge
Mike is a leader in sustainable change. One of the pioneers of green business in the corporate world he helped to develop, launch and implement Marks and Spencer’s ground-breaking sustainability programme, Plan A (because there is no Plan B for the one world we have). In ten years, Plan A delivered £750m of net business benefit and over the years won 230 awards.
During his time at M&S he helped evolve Plan A to become a change management programme designed to make sustainability ‘how M&S did business’. The business achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status, moved to 100% renewable electricity and achieved carbon neutrality across its global estate of stores, offices and warehouses.
He helped the business engage in some of the world’s leading collaboration platforms for sustainability such as the World Economic Forum, the Consumer Goods Forum and Business in the Community. His external leadership ensured that Plan A leadership and learning was leveraged into wider change throughout the global economy, including:
Inaugural winner of the Guardian Sustainable Business Innovator of the year in 2011 after a public vote;
Co-chair of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Sustainability Steering Group;
Chair of the World Environment Centre;
Member of Business in the Community’s Environmental Leadership team;
Business Fellow at the Smith Centre Oxford University;
Senior Associate Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership
Ethical Corporation Honouree 2019
Trustee at Blueprint for Better Business
Having worked at an international level of business, with charities, with think tanks, and with start-ups he has a broad array of experience. He has proven the necessity of dialogue, trust and the willingness to develop engagement into wide ranging mutually beneficial partnerships. This is vital for the interconnected world we live in.
During his career he has shown exceptional drive, integrity and personal resilience throughout periods of management change, takeover battles and challenging trading. He has developed excellent leadership skills and has demonstrated his ambition and passion to build a more sustainable future.
Upon leaving M&S he formed mikebarryeco ltd in order to support organisations across society and the economy to deliver sustainable change.
With the technical collaboration of the
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
Our goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. We believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.
Join us in creating a #ZeroHunger world.
Quorn Foods is the leading global meat-free foods brand and manufacturer based in North Yorkshire, UK. Quorn products are made from Mycoprotein – a nutritionally healthy protein that is meat-free and has a low environmental impact. Quorn Foods has a mission to make better protein for you and the planet. We make the world’s diets healthier and more sustainable by helping you to create great tasting meals every day.
Yara grows knowledge to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet. Supporting our vision of a world without hunger, we pursue a strategy of sustainable value growth, promoting climate-friendly and high-yielding crop nutrition solutions for the world’s farming community and food industry.
Yara’s ambition is to be the Crop Nutrition Company for the Future. We are committed to creating value for our customers, shareholders and society at large, as we work to develop a more sustainable food value chain. To achieve our ambition, we have taken the lead in developing digital farming tools for precision farming, and work closely with partners throughout the food value chain to improve the efficiency and sustainability of agriculture and food production.
Founded in 1905 to solve the emerging famine in Europe, Yara has established a unique position as the industry’s only global crop nutrition company. With our integrated business model and a worldwide presence of around 16,000 employees and operations in over 60 countries, we offer a proven track record of responsible and reliable returns. In 2019, Yara reported revenues of USD 12.9 billion.
Ward Laboratories, Inc. is an agricultural testing laboratory dedicated to serving agricultural producers throughout the world. We specialize in analyses related to soil, soil health, plant tissue, feed, forages, water, manures, fertilizers, and other special testing products. We aim to provide information needed to make critical production decisions. Participation in proficiency programs and trained, educated personnel ensures accurate, precise, and reliable test results. Ward Laboratories, Inc. is committed to excellent analytical results and service through the dynamics of its quality assurance system, the integrity of its people, and the professionals we employ. Our goal to fully serve the agricultural sector is accomplished through consultation with professional staff before, during, and after testing.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Climate Action as the world battles with climate change, biodiversity loss and COVID-19. These digital dialogues will help us convene and connect together to address The Global Food Challenge and build back better for climate-resilient and sustainable food systems.”
"Climate Action’s digital Roadmap to COP26 has created a platform to help organisations from across the stakeholder spectrum to honour their pledges at a time when face-to-face meetings are not an option. I look forward to the evolution of Climate Action’s Roadmap towards COP26 next year."
"Their events are fantastic because they help bring together all of the people from across different sectors. Whether its different industry sectors, whether it's NGOs, whether it's government, whether it's science and research, they all have lessons to learn from each other."