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"I am your food system for you to transform"

Here's a poem written by Dr. Namukolo Covic, Senior Research Coordinator at IFPRI for the CGIAR Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) in Ethiopia, in support of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021.

The poem reflects her personal views on the challenges we are facing this year and was inspired by the ongoing efforts towards the UNFSS 2021.

 

I am your food system for you to transformNamukolo Covic

 

I am your food system for you to transform

For you to thrive I must transform

But transforming I am in what direction?

And transforming I can in the direction you take

 

I am your food system for you to transform

But together you must work

Together, together, together, far and wide

So many components I have so together you must work

 

I am your food system for you to transform

But together you must work

Or different paths my components will take

Different paths to no good I will transform

 

I am your food system for you to transform

Will humanity fight one another?

Will humanity together transform me?

What direction together for planet and humanity to save?

 

I am your food system for you to transform

Transform for affordable food, nutritious and safe

Transform for nutrition and health

Transform for humanity and earth to save!

 

I am your food system for you to transform

 

Dr. Namukolo Covic, March 2 2021

 

Find out more about the upcoming Food Systems Summit on our website here.

To encourage the Summit, join the global movement to become a #FoodSystemsHero to ensure safe, sustainable and equitable food systems - find more information on this page.

 

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