Breakout session | Stage 2

Host: Stockholm Environment Institute – Asia

Little progress has been achieved towards ending hunger in Asia Pacific, and the region continues to suffer from regression of Goals 12 and 13. Furthermore, Covid-19 has disrupted major value chains, including critical food value chains and increased people’s vulnerabilities all over the region. The need for resilient food systems is more urgent than ever before. Shifting away from vulnerable and linear food production will be a prerequisite if we want to achieve a just, equal, and sustainable future. Diverse speakers will draw upon interconnections of food systems with sustainable cities and communities, connections between food security, forests and land use, the practice of circularity in agriculture and the preservation of indigenous people’s authentic identity as a vital contribution to biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihood and food security. This discussion will emerge as a cross-sectoral call to action involving and mobilizing youth, the private sector, the academic and research community, civil society and indigenous people to re-think and co-create a new vision for more sustainable, just and resilient food systems. It will consider food security, food justice and food sovereignty as core pillars as a post-Covid recovery strategy.



Mulia Nurhasan
Nutritionist Researcher, Center for International Forestry Research
Mulia Nurhasan is a Nutrition Researcher for sustainable food system at Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). She has been doing research on local diets, food consumption pattern and the linkage between land use and dietary change in South East Asia. Her main focus is in the nexus between environment and food/nutrition.
Femy Pinto
Executive Director, Non Timber Forest Product - Exchange Programme
 Femy Pinto is the Executive Director of the Non-Timber Forest Products-Exchange Programme Asia (NTFP-EP Asia). Her background is in the social sciences and she holds a masters in international policy and international development, with 30 years of experience as a practitioner, manager and advocate of natural resources management and the development of non-timber forest products (NTFPs). She is engaged in policy advocacy work around indigenous peoples rights and access to natural resources, as well as civil society networking and institution building. Femy leads an ongoing Expert Group on Wild Foods, Biodiversity and Livelihood initiave of the NTFP-EP and SIANI.
Moh Suthasiny
Social Entrepreneur, Happy Grocers
After graduating from Thammasat University, Moh and Mook co-founded the start-up Happy Grocers with the aim of connecting local expertises to the regional and international market, creating a business that benefits consumers, suppliers, and the broader society. With international experience in sustainability, community development, social entrepreneurship, and marketing, Moh and Mook represent a new generation of young female agri-entrepreneurs at the forefront of Thailand's sustainable city-regional food planning, based in Bangkok.
Santosh Singh
Head - Energy, Climate Change and Agriculture, Intellecap
Santosh leads the agriculture, energy, and climate change practice at Intellecap. He has more than 15 years of experience in Base of the Pyramid (BoP) market development with a focus on energy access, climate resilient agriculture, and climate finance. Before joining Intellecap, Santosh was working with the World Bank (South Asia Region) where his work focused on developing affordable clean energy access solutions, and climate finance interventions for various sectors.
Sofia Cavalleri
Research Associate, SEI Asia

Sofia Cavalleri is a Research Associate at SEI Asia, working with the Policy Analysis Cluster. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, at the Department of Environment, Development, and Sustainability. She is also a Local Pathways Fellow affiliated with SDSN Youth. Her research explores innovative practice models to plan sustainable city-regional food systems, bridging the urban/rural divide.

Kuntum Melati
SDG Research Associate, SEI

Ms Kuntum Melati is a policy specialist, with a focus on natural resource management, community participation, gender and stakeholder engagement. Her role as research associate at SEI-Asia builds on 10 years of experience in development in Southeast Asia and internationally, having taken on various roles from research, facilitation and program management. Currently she is working on effective lessons for delivering Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and wider.

September 23, 11:45
11:45 — 12:30EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Activism, Cities, Environment, Health, Planet, Youth

| Host: Stockholm Environment Institute – Asia |, Femy Pinto (NTFP-EP), Kuntum Melati (SEI), Moh Suthasiny (Happy Grocers), Mulia Nurhasan (Center for International Forestry Research), Santosh Singh (Intellecap), Sofia Cavalleri (SEI/ UN SNSD Youth)