UN Food Systems Summit & Sourcing Matters team up in new miniseries: “laying down tracks”



In collaboration with the UN FOOD SYSTEMS SUMMIT, Sourcing Matters has launched the 2021 miniseries laying down tracks”.

Joined by the Summit’s five Action Track leaders as cohosts of episodes, host Aaron Niederhelman curates an 8-part series featuring conversations with influencers and champions who are set on making this once in a decade gathering have impact.


“Food is our most intimate connection to nature and our best chance to save a shrinking planet,” explains Sourcing Matters host Aaron Niederhelman.  It’s the food we eat that is the elixir to instigate conversations and evolve mindsets which can stave off existential threats.  It’s food and its production that acts as the primary course of action for improving the human condition and advancing climate action,”  Niederhelman continues.


To amplify an appreciation for the role of well sourced food in addressing hunger, malnutrition, social welfare and climate change – Sourcing Matters show is collaborating with the UN Food Systems Summit to capture leading voices defining solutions of change.

The goal of the miniseries is to crawl into the ears of more folks through diverse discussions about how we can all be part of this historical movement. Episodes take a deep dive into the Summit’s Action Tracks and frame these chats around real world experiences in rolling out the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to stimulate new perspectives.


We believe that engaging in fun, informal and informative conversations gives us all a better chance to get to know a bit more about the mettle of the people who are leading the fight for a more just and stable tomorrow. You see, In all corners the process of producing and sourcing food in a modern world has evolved with consequence on our health and that of the planet.  “Three times daily we can vote for the planet and each other in what we decide to eat,”   concludes Niederhelman.



“laying down tracks”



EPISODE 1: Food Access – action track 1
Cohost: Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director at GAIN (Chair)


EPISODE 2: Sustainable Consumption – action track 2
Cohost: Gunhild Stordalen, Founder & Executive Chair at EAT FOUNDATION (Chair)


EPISODE 3: Nature-Based Production – action track 3
Cohost: Joao Campari, Global Leader Food Practice at WWF International (Chair)

GUEST:  Peter Thomson – UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean


EPISODE 4: Equitable Livelihood – action track 4
Cohost: TBD


EPISODE 5: System Resilience – action track 5
Cohost:  David Beasley, Executive Director of World Food Programme


EPISODE 6: Food for all Corners of the Planet
Cohost: Ruth Richardson – The Global Alliance for the Future of Food


EPISODE 7: The United Nations Food Trifecta
Cohost: José Graziano da Silva, Former Director-General, FAO


EPISODE 8: UN Special Envoys for Food & Climate
Guest 1: Dr. Agnes Kalibata, UN Special Envoy for Food System Summit


“I’m excited to share that Sourcing Matters is collaborating with The UN Food Systems Summit.  In effort to capture leading voices defining solutions of change, we’re launching the 8-part miniseries ‘laying down tracks’.  In the different episodes, the Summit’s Action Track leaders join me as cohosts; collectively we put together a series of interesting dialogues from informed guests about pressing issues.  Leading into the pre-Summit in Rome this July, and the “Nutrition for Growth” December ’21 Event in Tokyo – our chats should be helpful pre-reads for all types of engaged audiences interested in our Food, People and the Planet.”

– explains Sourcing Matters host Aaron Niederhelman


site:  www.un.org/food-systems-summit

twitter: @Food Systems

series hashtag: #LayingDownTracks

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