ACIAR is proud to engage in the United Nations Food Systems Summit, convened by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in 2021 as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The Summit will awaken the world to the fact that we all must work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes and thinks about food.

ACIAR looks to achieve more productive and sustainable agricultural systems for the benefit of developing countries and Australia by enabling international agricultural research partnerships.

This purpose aligns with that of the UN Food Systems Summit. This will be a people’s summit – bringing together key actors from diverse sectors – and a solutions summit – creating tangible, actionable changes to the world’s food systems.


As part of Australia’s formal contributions to the Summit, ACIAR is leading several Dialogue events to share Australian food systems innovations and create pathways to scale.

On 25 May, ACIAR convened an Australian Member-state Dialogue together with the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This Dialogue about “Multi-stakeholder Partnerships for Scaling Innovation” invited diverse stakeholders to come together for discussion about best-practice partnership pathways in research and innovation.

On 3 June, ACIAR and Canada's IDRC co-convened a Dialogue about Food Loss Research. We invited key stakeholders and research leaders from around the world to discuss the global problem of food loss and advance our global understanding of the relevant issues.

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In order to achieve transformation of food systems we must partner with the right people in the right ways, at each stage of the innovation process. 

Examining each game-changing proposition that emerges from the UN Food Systems Summit through a partnership lens will be instrumental in taking that solution forward to scale at impact. 

Emerging from the Dialogue about “Multi-stakeholder Partnerships for Scaling Innovation” is a Partnership Innovation Pathway, shown below. ACIAR is committed to creating a framework that will help us work with our partners in more inclusive, effective ways. In the lead-up to the Food Systems Summit, we will continue to build and share this framework with our partners.

In the lead-up to the pre-Summit and Summit events, ACIAR will be sharing stories of how partnerships have enabled agricultural innovation. These stories will also explore what future collaborative opportunities might look like if we are to collectively transform global food systems.

ACIAR is committed to the vision and principles of the Summit, and we invite all our partners to journey with us through 2021 towards transforming global food systems. Please contact us at [email protected] if you are interested in partnering to scale food systems innovations to help achieve the SDGs by 2030.