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On April 20, 2021, the Scientific Group of the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021 published the paper Food System Innovation Hubs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries written by Kalpana Beesabathuni, Madhavika Bajoria, Breda Gavin-Smith, Klaus Kraemer, Priyanka Kumari, Srujith Lingala, Anne Milan, Puja Tshering, Kesso Gabrielle van Zutphen, Kris Woltering along with Sufia Askari of Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Martin Bloem of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and Hamid Hamirani. 

Abstract 

Food Systems Innovation Hubs provide an opportunity to address these challenges. They have the potential to stimulate investments in resilient and responsive food systems with the goal of alleviating malnutrition through corporate partnerships, impact investors and government collaboration. These hubs can encourage food companies to expand into LMICs, facilitate investments in local companies, and stimulate supply chain innovations.

Food Systems Innovation Hubs stimulate economic growth, ensure health benefits for all, protect the environment, and create sustainable societies.

This paper aims to draw attention to the role that Food Systems Innovation Hubs can play in creating healthy, resilient, and inclusive communities in LMICs. First, eight different archetypes of food innovation hubs are described. Future opportunities for these hubs to deliver planet-friendly nutritious and safe foods are then explored. It is argued that the complexity of food systems calls for context-specific transformations and that innovation hubs have a key role to play here. Three key actions are identified as essential for developing effective Food Systems Innovation Hubs in LMICs: Inspire! Invest! and Innovate!

Click here to read the full paper published by the Scientific Group of the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021 and dive into more details by reading our blog series about the Food System Innovation Hub.