About the event

Two years since the United Nations Food Systems Summit took place in 2021, state governments, the private sector, academia and other global actors will meet in Rome, Italy on 24-26 July 2023 to take stock of progress made in transforming food systems.

The Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN) will be present at the event to raise awareness about the key role agricultural SMEs play in making good food for people and planet available to all. Join us in championing the hidden middle of agricultural value chains!

Special Event with the Private Sector

Taking stock of Progress: scaling up transformative private sector investment in food systems

Convened by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank Group, with support from SAFIN, GAIN, WBA, WBCSD, GFFN, ATNI and WEF.

Date and time: 25 July 2023, 16:30 – 17:30 CET

Location: Red Room, FAO Headquarters 

The private sector plays an essential role in scaling up investment needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Similarly, the UN Food Systems Summit called for private sector investments, market-based solutions, and innovations to step up financing and shift towards healthier, inclusive, more equitable and sustainable food systems.

The UNFSS +2 STM private sector Special Event will provide a multi-stakeholder platform for food systems private sector actors (multinationals, primary producers, SMEs, investors, public and private banks, and representatives from the governments and development partners) to take stock on progress of private sector transformative investment at scale for food systems. The special event is a continuum of the high-level session on financing for food systems transformation (High level session). It is designed as a deep dive in the challenge of mobilizing private sector investment at the scale and scope needed for food systems transformation. The aim is to emulate progress towards a new food finance architecture.


SAFIN Exhibition Booth

Date and time: 24-26 July 2023, 09:00 – 18:00 CET

Location: Atrium, FAO Headquarters | Online

SAFIN members came together to accelerate progress in bridging the multi-billion dollar financing gap faced by agricultural SMEs across the globe. Visit our in-person and virtual exhibition booths at the UN FSS +2 Stocktaking Moment to learn more about the key role agricultural SMEs can play in transforming how we produce, process and distribute food. SAFIN members will also showcase the different ways they provide financial and non-financial support to agricultural SMEs at the booth.


Member Networking Opportunities 

SAFIN members present at the event are welcome to express interest in connecting with like-minded SAFIN peers. Contact the SAFIN Secretariat for further details.



Event Details:

Event dates: 24 - 26 July 2023

Location: Rome, Italy | Online

Organizer: SAFIN



Quote: "In a world of plenty, it is outrageous that people continue to suffer and die from hunger...Transforming food systems requires all hands on deck," António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General

Summary article:

SAFIN members participated in the event to contribute to the debate, offer practical solutions, represent their constituencies, and forge new partnerships. Three main takeaways for agri-finance practitioners emerged from the discussions at the Stocktaking Moment:

  • Food systems transformation must recognize and include smallholder farmers and agricultural SMEs as key contributors and drivers of positive change.
  • Investment and support are key enablers for the transformative actions needed at scale.
  • Collaboration and partnership will foster a collective global vision to transform food systems.

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