The advocacy for a stronger role of the private sector was seconded by Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever. “To reach the SDGs private sector investment is needed”, however governments are needed to continue to play a role in shaping the correct policy framework.
The view on fruitful partnerships was endorsed by Erthatin Cousin, former president of the World Food Programme and distinguished lecturer at Stanford University: “There is no difference between smallholder’s need to make profit and the multinationals’ wish to make a profit. Understanding, respecting and working together with the private sector is key for fast and sustainable development.
Speakers emphasized the need to understand the interactions among the different SDGs not only in order to unlock their potential at multiple scales, but to ensure progress in some areas must not be made on the expense of others.
According to Lawrence Haddad, 2018 World Prize Laureate and Executive Director of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), “no one can have monopoly on food solutions, we have to work together and form a multi-stakeholder dialogue.” The focus must be on nourishing the world, not feeding it. As food systems shape diet quality, it is crucial to build demand for nutritious foods, make them both better available and affordable and create an enabling environment for business in the food sector.