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The Salzburg Process on the Climate Emergency and the Future of Food, April 21 - May 6, 2020.
In this critical year of action for climate, the Salzburg Process will allow us to maintain momentum to achieve our core objectives: 

  • Create a space to bridge divides between sectors, geographies and generations, helping to create connections and forge alliances for transformation 
  • Co-create a Shared Action Framework, identifying shared priorities and opportunities for transformation across sectors, scales and processes 
  • Accelerate the urgent actions, investments and policies needed to transform food systems holistically and systemically.  

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our partners and supporters who have helped to put together a great agenda for change. For further enquiries on the decision to move this program to an online convening, contact Kasia Murphy at the Global Alliance for the Future of Food:  

This program is invitation only and registration is now closed.


Food and agriculture systems contribute to and are significantly impacted by climate change but, crucially, they are also an integral part of the solutions we urgently need. To keep global warming below 1.5°C by 2050, concerted action is required to transform key sectors, systems and financial flows worldwide.

Bringing together approximately 350 diverse changemakers, experts and leaders from local to global levels, the Salzburg Process on the Climate Emergency and the Future of Food is dedicated to accelerating the actions, investments and policies needed to transform food systems. Climate-resilient food and agriculture systems that are healthy, sustainable and equitable can powerfully contribute to a 1.5°C world by 2050, but only if we act now, together. 

This unique event will focus on collaboration, mixing thought-provoking presentations and curated conversations with knowledge exchange, informal interactions and practical group work. It will connect individuals, communities and networks across sectors, silos and generations. We will build momentum for strategic alignment on key global issues, leverage new and untapped opportunities, and move forward together – holistically and systemically – in this critical year for climate action. 

The Salzburg Process will formally begin on April 21, 2020 with an opening webinar, The Transformation Imperative: A Call to Action

Four speakers from around the world and with different perspectives will join Clare Shine, VP and Chief Program Officer at Salzburg Global Seminar, to explore the urgent need for food systems transformation across sectors, scales and processes. 


  • Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Adjunct Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University Earth Institute,
  • Francesco Branca, Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, World Health Organization,
  • Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli, Founder, LEAPAfrica; Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting,
  • Pavan Sukhdev, CEO, GIST Impact; President at WWF International.

In the weeks that follow, we will have deep-dive discussions around five hot topics – Nature-based Solutions, Just Transitions, Sustainable and Healthy Diets, Industrial Livestock Production and Food Loss and Waste – and participants will have a hands-on opportunity to identify and coalesce around priority levers of change. In turn, we will focus attention on three major milestone events taking place in the next 18 months.

Each of these events are springboards for transformation of different scales: 

  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15: Kunming, China)
    An opportunity to integrate food and agricultural systems into the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to advance nature-based regenerative approaches and shape national, regional and local implementation priorities. 
  • UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP26: Glasgow, UK)
    An opportunity to weave the food-nutrition nexus into policy and targets, while strengthening policies and incentives for agriculture to drive carbon sequestration and emissions reduction.  
  • UN Food Systems Summit (Autumn 2021):
    An opportunity to embed cross-sector action for food systems transformation as a key contribution to the Decade of Action and deliver the Sustainable Development Goals.  


This program will seek to develop the following:

  1. Shared Narrative
    Participants in the event will shape the creation of key messages that emphasize the imperative for food system transformation and reflect the shared direction of travel to achieve a 1.5°C world by 2050. These materials will be open-access, hosted on the Global Alliance for the Future of Food’s website and participants will be able to use them to complement and/or enhance their own future activities. 
  2. Shared Action Framework
    The event will generate a set of priority actions connected to specific Hot Topics and levers of change, which will be linked to specific policy milestones. It will frame the roles and responsibilities of food system actors, key allies, stakeholders and coalitions. The Shared Action Framework will be shared through the Global Alliance for the Future of Food’s website and participants in the International Dialogue will be encouraged to use and share it widely.
  3. Shared networks, relationships, and innovations
    The event will be a space to bridge divides between sectors, regions and generations, forging alliances for transformation. Participants will be able to identify shared priorities, opportunities for collective action and how to connect – taking inspiration from time-tested examples of evidence and change in action. Consideration will be given to creating a dedicated online platform for information about climate-food innovation and how to track progress.


The program will address the following questions:

  • How can we work together to develop shared priorities and strategic pathways for food systems transformation? 
  • How/when can we strategically and effectively contribute to the global discourse on food and climate emergency and advance systems change? 
  • Where are the greatest opportunities and challenges for transitioning to more sustainable, equitable food systems in a climate changing world?
  • How can we better understand and communicate the implications of the interdependence of food, people, and the planet in a transition to more sustainable food systems?


This program will bring together over 300 diverse changemakers, leaders and experts drawn from philanthropy, researchers, grassroots movements, the private sector, farmers and food systems workers, Indigenous Peoples, government and policymakers.


This  entirely virtual event will take place online via using webinars, small group deep dives and informal gatherings. As well as this an online platform will be used as virtual space for participants to network, share ideas, and find all information relevant to the program.