Sistemas alimentarios

SFS-MED Webinar 4 - Consumers and Mediterranean diet: towards food systems transformation


On Thursday 26 January 2023 at 9.30 AM (CET), FAO is co-hosting the SFS-MED Webinar 4: Consumers and Mediterranean diet: towards food systems transformation.

The webinar is organized under the framework of the SFS-MED platform, and it will bring together stakeholders from across the Mediterranean to present concrete experiences and successful cases from the consumer perspective, including on transparent information and consumer education and innovative pathways for sustainable public procurement. Consumers should be at the center of all elements of the food system, from food research to food production and procurement, as well as food industry, environments, and marketing. Bringing together representatives from consumers organizations, experts from research centres, international organizations and educational networks, the webinar will provide a forum for exchange on the role of consumers in a more sustainable food system agenda in the Mediterranean.

This session will aim to address a key question: what is the active role that consumers can play in shaping more sustainable food systems and what are the implications for rethinking Mediterranean diets?

The event’s agenda features a technical introduction by a representative of the Union for the Mediterranean’s (UfM) Higher Education and Research Division, some keynote remarks by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (IAMB), and a panel discussion with the participation of stakeholders’ representatives from the Albanian Consumers Association (ACA), the Tunisian National Institute for Consumer Affairs, FAO’s Food and Nutrition Division, PRIMA’s SWITCHtoHEALTHY project, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth of Cyprus (EESD unit). An expert from FAO’s Food Systems and Food Safety Division (ESF) will wrap up and illustrate the way forward.

More info, full agenda and resources are available in the background note.

This event is the third of the SFS-MED webinar series, jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), and the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) within the framework of the SFS-MED Platform, a multi-stakeholder initiative for Sustainable Food Systems in the Mediterranean.