November Events for the Food Policy Enthusiast

by Deirdre Appel

The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center has compiled a list of upcoming virtual events in November to keep you engaged and up to date on the latest discussions about food policy. If you have an event you would like to add to our list, please email us at 

#GiveHealthy Food Drive
Organized by: City Harvest and Daily News,
When: Throughout the month of November
Length: Until January 22, 2021
About: City Harvest, New York City’s largest food rescue organization, has teamed up with the Daily
News to officially kick off the 38 th annual Daily News Food Drive. For the first time, organizations
and individuals can participate by conducting virtual drives using the #GiveHealthy digital food
drive system. The drive launched on October 22, 2020, and runs to January 22, 2021 with a
goal of collecting one million pounds of food to help feed New Yorkers in need this holiday
Learn More: Here and here

Food Systems: Data for Evidence-based Policymaking
Organized By: Global Partnership for Sustainable Development and Ceres2030
When: Wednesday, November 4th at 15:00-16:30 (CEST/Rome)
Length: 90-minutes
About: How can international organizations and development partners evaluate the agricultural interventions that can transform the lives and incomes of the world’s poorest farmers, while preserving the environment? How can we produce high-quality and timely agricultural data and make evidence-based decision-making in agriculture the norm? Two initiatives, namely CERES2030 and 50X2030, aim to build a stronger capacity to produce, analyze, interpret, and apply data to decisions in the agricultural sector, and provide the infrastructure to build evidence-informed policies for rural development and food security. At the country level, the Government of Kenya is working on a data-driven agricultural transformation.
Registration: Here

2020 WFAN Annual Conference
Organized By: Women, Food and Agriculture Network
When: Friday, November 6th, 10 AM ET through Saturday, November 7th at 5:30 PM ET
Length: Two-days
About: The Women, Food, and Agriculture Network offers a platform to advocate and agitate for social transformation in our lives, communities, and shared work for food and agriculture.
Registration: Here

Food for Thought: Leveraging Food for a Sustainable Future
Organized By: MIT Sustainability Summit
When: Friday, November 6th, 8 AM-8 PM ET
Length: Events will take place over 12 hours
About: The summit will explore how innovations are changing the way the world produces, transports, stores, consumes and disposes of food. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the food system as a whole, and think about critical policy and business decisions that can advance a community and region’s economic, social and ecological well-being. More critically, it will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected current global food systems and the ways we can collectively improve food access and equity.
Registration: Here

Micronutrient Forum 5th Global Conference 2020
Organized By: Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
When: Sunday, November 8th – through Friday, November 13th
Length: Several events over the course of six days
About: Micronutrients are at the heart of the potential for food systems to deliver optimal health. Food systems are at the heart of determining what people eat. The 5th Micronutrient Forum Global Conference will cover the broad spectrum of micronutrients – research, efficacy and safety, implementation and, the policy and enabling the environment. In addition, the conference will take a deep dive into how micronutrients might be optimized and protected within food systems.
Registration: Here

The Rise, a conversation about the legacy of black women in America’s culinary identity
Organized By: Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD)
When: Tuesday, November 10th, 7:30-8:30 PM
Length: 60 minutes
About: Join Marcus Samuelsson, Osayi Endolyn, and Therese Nelson for a special conversation with MOFAD about the legacies of culinary icons Leah Chase and Edna Lewis. The panel will discuss how these women have inspired their own culinary journeys as well as the themes in Marcus and Osayi’s co-authored upcoming cookbook, The Rise: Black Cooks and The Soul of American Food. Tickets support MOFAD and include the option to purchase a copy of The Rise, which will be sold by  Manhattan’s only black-owned independent bookstore, Sister’s Uptown, located in Harlem.
Registration: Here

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Organized By: The National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness.
When: Sunday, November 15th through Sunday, November 22th
Length: Events around the country for one week
About: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program bringing together people from across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events.
Registration: Here

The Impact of COVID-19 on Restaurants
Organized By: Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center and Food Tank
When: Tuesday, November 17th, 9:30-11:00 AM EST
Length: 90-minutes
About: In three 30 minute panels panelists will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the restaurant industry and what can be done to save restaurants. The panel topics include: What Is the Role of Restaurants in the Food System?; The Pivot. Working Through COVID-19; and What’s Next for Restaurants Post-COVID?
Registration: Here 

Race to Zero – Climate & Future of Food: Priority Actions for Systems Transformation
Organized By: Global Alliance for the Future of Food & Salzburg Global Seminar
When: Tuesday, November 17th, 7:00 AM EST
Length: N/A
About:  A webinar hosted as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ( UNFCCC) Race to Zero dialogues, this event aims to connect policymakers and civil society from the climate community with food systems leaders and innovators. With a focus on building momentum towards the United Nations Food Systems Summit and the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, panelists and expert respondents will discuss and explore the areas of convergence and divergence between the food and climate communities and, in so doing, showcase concrete opportunities for collective action.
Registration: Here

Food Justice Nonprofits from a Regional Lens
Organized By: Berkeley Food Institute
When: Tuesday, November 17th, 9:00 PM ET
Length: 90-minutes
About: A series of three webinars organized by the Berkeley Food Institute that highlights the potential for career paths in different food and agriculture sectors. Speakers will share stories of how they built their job paths and offer insights into current trends in the field.
Registration: Here

2020 Hunger Free Communities Virtual Summit
Organized By: The Alliance to End Hunger
When: Wednesday, November 18th and Thursday, November 19th, 12:00 PM EST to 5:30 PM EST
Length: Online sessions throughout the two days
About: Hosted by the Alliance to End Hunger, the 2020 Hunger Free Communities Virtual Summit is designed to increase understanding of the changing landscape of hunger and build a resilient post-pandemic America. The summit will accomplish this by: highlighting effective policies and methods for reducing community food insecurity; sharing best practices and resources; demonstrating effective multi-sector collaborations; and building skills among practitioners.
Registration: Here

Nutrition in a Digital World
Organized By: United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition
When: Thursday, November 19th 2020, 15:00-16:30 (CET)
Length: 90-minutes
About: The webinar series “Nutrition in a Digital World”, comprises four thematic sessions promoted by UNSCN/UN Nutrition that aim to raise awareness on the risk-benefit duality of the digital world in improving nutrition, helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. “The opportunities and risks of digital technologies in nutrition behaviour change and capacity building” will be the second episode of the series.
Registration: Here

Harvesting Flavor: How Your Favorite Spices Travel from Farm to Table
Organized By: Museum of Food and Drink
When: Thursday, November 19th,  8:00-9:00 PM ET
Length: 60-minutes
About: Burlap & Barrel co-founder Ethan Frisch joins Vietnamese pepper farmers Võ Ngọc Dũng and Thành Không Trắng for a conversation and tour of their pepper farm in central Vietnam. They’ll discuss spice agriculture, spice sourcing, and the new model for the better spice trade that farmers and producers are building together. Learn how black pepper is grown and harvested, how heirloom varieties are being lost under the commodity system, and why it is important to source and cook with better spices.
Registration: Here

GATHER: The Fight to Revitalize our Native Foodways, a film screening and conversation about Native food sovereignty
Organized By: Museum of Food and Drink
When: Tuesday, November 24th,  7:00-9:30 ET
Length: 150-minutes
About: MOFAD presents a virtual screening of the new film, GATHER, an intimate and timely portrait of the growing movement among Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political, and cultural identities through food sovereignty. The screening will be followed by a conversation moderated by Executive Editor of Bon Appetit, Sonia Chopra, with the film’s director, Sanjay Rawal, and Linda Black Elk, an ethnobotanist specializing in traditional foods and medicines of the Great Plains.
Registration: Here

3rd Global Conference of the Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Programme 
Organized By: One Planet Network
When: November 25th, 26th, 27th, 30th, and December 1st and 3rd
Length: Six days
About: The purpose of the conference is to provide substantial input to the UN Food Systems Summit that is tentatively scheduled for the third quarter of 2021, based on the achievements of the SFS Programme’s membership during the first five years of implementation as well as the outcomes of the Programme’s previous two global conferences.
Registration: Here

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