Official Feedback to the Food Systems Summit

Outcomes from Food Systems Summit Dialogues will be of use in developing pathways to sustainable food systems within the locality in which they take place. They will be a valuable contribution to the national pathways and also of interest to the different workstreams preparing for the UN Food Systems Summit: the Action Tracks, Scientific Groups and Champions as well as for other dialogues.

Dialogue Convenors are invited to feedback the outcomes of their Dialogues to the Food Systems Summit shortly after the Dialogue has taken place. When feeding back, Convenors are requested to use the Official Feedback Form which will be found in the Convenor’s c Take Part Zone and linked to the Dialogue event webpage.

The Feedback from the Dialogues is a valuable resource for practitioners, researchers and changemakers in food systems. For this reason, the contents of Feedback Forms will be accessible to all as soon as they are uploaded on the website. Convenors are encouraged to share their Official Feedback within and beyond their networks and with the Food Systems Summit Action Tracks and independent Scientific Group through the Food Systems Summit Community Platform.


Sections of the Official Feedback Form

1. Participation

The section that feeds back data about the participants in a Food Systems Summit Dialogue will be used to indicate the diversity of participation in the Dialogue.

Inviting participants and collecting information

The following two documents support Convenors to collect information about participants in alignment with the Official Feedback Form.

On the day easy to print attendance forms:

Age Range

  • 0-18
  • 19-30
  • 31-50
  • 51-65
  • 66-80
  • 80+


  • Male
  • Female
  • Prefer not to say or other


  • Agriculture/crops*
  • Fish and aquaculture
  • Livestock
  • Agroforestry
  • Food processing
  • Food retail
  • Food industry
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Environment and ecology
  • Financial Services
  • Health care
  • Nutrition*
  • Industrial
  • National or local government
  • Trade and commerce
  • Utilities
  • Other

*Updated from mid-April 2021, the additional sector of “nutrition” will be added and accounted for in Official Feedback Forms and the sector “Crops” will be identified as “Agriculture/crops”.

Stakeholder group

  • Small-scale farmer
  • Medium-scale farmer
  • Large-scale farmer
  • Indigenous People
  • Workers and trade union
  • Consumer group
  • Local Non-Governmental Organization
  • International Non-Governmental Organization
  • Small/medium enterprise/artisan
  • Large national business
  • Multi-national corporation
  • Government and national institution
  • International financial institution
  • Local authority
  • Member of Parliament
  • Private Foundation/Partnership/Alliance
  • Regional economic community
  • Science and academia
  • United Nations
  • Other

2. Principles of Engagement

In this section, Convenors are invited to indicate how the Principles of Engagement of the Summit were reinforced through the Dialogue by answering the three following questions:

  • How did you organize the Dialogue so that the Principles were incorporated, reinforced and enhanced?
  • How did your Dialogue reflect specific aspects of the Principles?
  • Do you have advice for other Dialogue Convenors about appreciating the Principles of Engagement?



3. Method

The outcomes of a Dialogue are influenced by the method that is used. Convenors are asked if the method described in the Reference Manual was used.

If yes, they are then asked to move to the next section.

If not, Convenors are invited to share more information about the method used and how the event was curated as well as the reaction of participants.

4. Dialogue Focus & Outcomes

The four Dialogue Outcome areas that Convenors are invited to feedback on are:

  1. Major Focus Please detail the focus of your Dialogue. For example, it could be (i) a comprehensive exploration of food systems, (ii) an exploration of one of the five Action Tracks or levers of change of the Summit, (iii) examination of links between one or more of the Action Tracks and levers of change, (iv) or another specific theme.
  2. Main Findings Please share your appreciation of the main findings (or conclusions) that emerged from your Dialogue. For example, your key findings might detail a) the need to establish new connections between certain stakeholders, b) an agreement on actions that stakeholders will take together (expressed as intentions or commitments), c) a decision to explore specific aspects of food systems in greater depth. 
  3. Outcomes of Discussion Topics Please share the outcomes that relate to each Discussion Topic. The outcomes detailed here will include participants’ views on actions that are urgently needed, who should take these actions, ways in which progress could be assessed, and challenges that might be anticipated as actions are implemented.” (For this sub-section, Convenors are welcome to provide feedback about a maximum of 10 Discussion Topics.)
  4. Areas of divergence Please share the areas of divergence that emerged during your Dialogue. An area of divergence is an issue where participants held diverse views, different opinions and/or opposing positions. For example, this might be related to a) strengths and vulnerabilities within food systems, b) areas that need further exploration, c) practices that are needed for food system sustainability, d) stakeholders whose interests should be prioritized.

Each response can be tagged with two types of information:

  1. If the entry relates to one of the five Action Tracks of the Food Systems Summit
  2. If the entry relates to any of the nine cross-cutting keywords.

How to publish Official Feedback

The Official Feedback Form is available for Convenors in the c Take Part Zone and linked to each Dialogue after it has been announced and appears on the Global Map of Dialogues. When the Dialogue has taken place according to the date selected, the Official Feedback Form is activated

Preview the structure of the Official Feedback Form

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Synthesis Reports and Key Dates

The Synthesis reports about the Dialogues that have taken place are shared with all workstreams of the Summit (Action Tracks, independent Scientific Group, Levers of Change, network of Champions, leadership of the Summit) to contribute to the preparation of the pre-Summit and Summit.

Please note the dates below are subject to change. Any changes will be communicated in the Summit Dialogues newsletter. Sign up here.

Synthesis of Member State Dialogues

Synthesis for Member State Dialogues is prepared by the Food Systems Summit Dialogues Support Team. Based on the Official Feedback Forms submitted by national Convenors, the syntheses provide an analysis of progressions and trends across countries. Official Feedback Forms of Member State Dialogues published on and before 17:59 CEST June 11, 2021, will feed into the synthesis report for pre-Summit preparations. Official Feedback Forms of Member State Dialogues published on and before 12:59 CEST Sunday, August 15, 2021, will feed into the synthesis report for Summit preparations.

  • 29 January 2021: Description of the inception period (English)
  • May 2021: Member State Dialogues Synthesis Report 1
  • July 2021: Member State Dialogues Synthesis Report 2
    • Complete Member State Dialogue Synthesis Report (English)

Synthesis of Independent Dialogues

Synthesis of Independent Dialogues is prepared by the Blue Marble Evaluation global network. Based on the Official Feedback Forms submitted by Independent Convenors, the syntheses present a generative and illustrative set of emerging themes. Official Feedback from Independent Dialogues published on and before 17:59 CEST May 21, 2021, will feed into the synthesis report for pre-Summit preparations. Official Feedback from Independent Dialogues published on and before 23:59 GMT 23 July 2021, submitted in any official UN language, will feed into the synthesis report for Summit preparations.