In the two years that have passed since the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit, the global food system has seen profound shifts. While unprecedented climate change, a food crisis prompted by the war in Ukraine and inflation have intensified the challenges faced by small-scale farmers and rural communities, other shifts, like COVID-19 lockdowns lifting and market access improvements have made life easier. Small-scale farmers and rural people have been immediately impacted by these transformations in food systems.
Now, 18 months after the summit, Farm Radio International, in partnership with eight radio stations in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda, revisited the questions that small-scale farmers, vendors, processors, marketers and their communities were asked 2021 to see what, if anything, has changed. Nearly 50,000 responses were recorded, as people shared their concerns and solutions for creating a healthier, more sustainable, productive and equitable food system.
This research was conducted in collaboration with and with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and additional funding from World Vision Canada, the Canadian Food Security Policy Group and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.