FEBA Annual Convention 2021 “For a sustainable future food system” is organized by the European Food Banks Federation in collaboration with Česka Federace Potravinovych Bank and will be held online on 6-7 May 2021.
FEBA Annual Convention 2021 is recognised as a UN Food Systems Independent Dialogue and wants to offer opportunities for all participants to engage directly in proposing pathways towards sustainable food systems, exploring new ways of working together and encouraging collaborative actions. The outcomes of the FEBA Annual Convention 2021 will be written down in a report and submitted to the United Nations as a contribution to the UN Food Systems Summit.
COVID-19 has placed the global economy under tremendous strain. While throwing many people into food insecurity overnight, this crisis has highlighted the importance of food security in Europe.
Since their first establishment, FEBA members have daily worked facing the challenge not just to prevent food waste but also to ensure its safe delivery and redistribution to charities helping people in need. Adaptation to change is the nature of Food Banks. They have provided tangible responses in a challenging context, contributed to improving the efficiency of food business operators, increasing significantly and rapidly their operations, with an agile determination, a continuous process innovation, and a widespread coverage on the ground. Food availability, accessibility, and affordability, especially for disadvantaged people, are affected by rapid changes and crises. In the future the food systems will undergo more and more resettlements, sometimes abruptly.
Last but not least, climate change is affecting our planet more and more intensely. As the population grows, the need for food increases. New food habits of consumers shifting to production and consumption back into homes. Food consumption is changing towards a greater demand for quality.
Solidarity and collaboration may be a way of coming of this pandemic crisis better, stronger and together. The support of public authorities, businesses, charities, volunteers, and citizens has proven that it is possible to grow through adversity. 2021 can be regarded as the foundation stone for a profound renewal of our food system, bringing it at the centre of the political agenda and going beyond the “business as usual” approach. Our food systems can overcome historical criticalities – crises, disruptions, fragmentation, interdependence, national self-sufficiency – by means of a massive digitalisation, by facilitating the dissemination of best practices, innovations and new technologies from farm to fork, and by ensuring that both profit and non-profit food business operators can understand the benefits of such transformation.
It is essential to think systemically: all food business operators are pieces of a single picture representing the food systems.
The European Food Banks Federation wants to accept this responsibility by engaging in concrete actions, contributing to the ongoing debate, and being part of the choices that will follow giving value to food and taste to the future.
Food Systems Summit Dialogues offer a powerful opportunity for people everywhere to have a seat at the table at this milestone UN Food Systems Summit. Dialogues bring together a diversity of stakeholders, including voices that are seldom heard, and provide an important opportunity for participants to debate, collaborate, and take action towards a better future.
The Independent Summit Dialogues, which are organized by individuals, provide people with the opportunity to engage in the Food Systems Summit in a meaningful way.
The Dialogues aim to respect a healthy diversity of viewpoints, encourage shared exploration and reveal promising ways of working together.
The European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) is a European umbrella non-profit organization and works in collaboration with 24 Full Members and 5 Associate Members in European countries.
For 35 years, FEBA mission has consisted in representing its membership at European and international level, supporting and strengthening Food Banks in Europe by providing training, sharing best practice and knowledge, and developing partnerships, and fostering the creation of new Food Banks.
FEBA brings together 335 Food Banks and branches which are committed to fight against food waste and to feed the most deprived. In 2020, our members redistributed 860,000 tons of food to 12.5 million most deprived people through 48,126 charitable organizations thanks to the professionalism of 37,016 co-workers (85% volunteers).
In addition to surplus food from the food supply chain, FEBA members also redistribute food from the Fund for European Aid to the most Deprived (FEAD) and the Fruits and Vegetables withdrawal scheme, as well as from individual donations.