2021 launch event

In the lead up to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, held in July, tens of thousands of people participated in a global civic experience to produce a shared framework of collective action. Gender equality and women’s empowerment were amplified as a lever of change and embraced as an area of work with the potential to contribute wide-ranging positive change in the transformation of food systems in the coming decade.

The Global Food 50/50 initiative supports the shared framework for the UN Food Systems Summit by responding to broad stakeholder demands for a global food system that is accountable for progress towards gender equality. On 5 October 2021, the inaugural Global Food 50/50 Report was launched with a policy seminar. The seminar presented the findings of the report and explored how this new accountability mechanism can power a broader movement to demand more equitable and inclusive organizations across the global food system.

The seminar recording can be viewed here or alternatively a podcast is also available to listen to here.

Seminar program

Introductory Remarks

Results of 2021 Global Food 50/50 Report

Keynote Address

  • Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to the 2021 Food Systems Summit


  • Jamille Bigio, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, USAID
  • Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) (Presentation)
  • Rick White, Chair of the Private Sector Mechanism of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS)
  • Vicki Wilde, Senior Program Officer, Gender and Agriculture Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)

Closing Remarks

  • Sarah Hawkes, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Global Health 50/50