UN Food Systems Stocktake +2

Advancing Equitable Livelihoods, Decent Work

Empowering food systems workers and upholding rights through innovation and collaboration

The UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment took place in Rome, Italy from 24 – 26 July 2023, at the premises of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It was hosted by Italy, in collaboration with the Rome-based UN Agencies (FAO, IFAD, WFP), the UN Food Systems Coordination Hub and the wider UN system.

Advancing Equitable Livelihoods, Decent Work and Empowered Communities was listed by the UN Secretary General as one of 5 key areas for future action for making progress on the SGDs. This event highlighted the most vulnerable voices in food systems at the STM and ensured their issues are accounted for in food system transformation. The event highlighted the role the Decent Work for Equitable Food Systems Coalition has, and continues to play in supporting member states to integrate issues around livelihoods in their national pathways.


  • Ms. Jo Puri, Associate Vice-President - Strategy and Knowledge Department, International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Dr José Ramos-Horta, President, Timor-Leste
  • Ms. Reema Nanavaty, Director, Self Employed Women’s Association
  • Mr. Elvis Beytullayev, Rural Economy Specialist, Sectoral Policies Department, International Labour Organisation
  • Ms. Elizabeth Mwende, Youth Representative, Stakeholder Engagement and Networking Advisory (SENA) Group, UN Food System Summit
  • Mr. Berry Marttin, Member of the Managing Board, Rabobank
  • Dr. Maria Odete Do Céu Guterres, Director General of Agriculture for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Timor-Leste


July 26, 2023


3:14 pm


29th October 2022


Rethinking Traditional Approaches

The purpose of the DWLIW coalition is to accelerate a substantial increase of impactful actions by stakeholders across food systems, aligned for collective impact on the livelihoods of food systems workers. The shared vision is a world where economic and social justice and the right to adequate and nutritious food is a reality for all food systems workers.

DWLIW is a member-led organization that galvanizes the global community to create more equitable livelihoods for those working in food systems. Together with its members, the Coalition applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions towards these goals.

We are working with governments, multilateral organizations, civil society, academia, labor organizations and the private sector to make progress on this agenda.