The First Meeting of the Munich Security Conference Food Security Task Force

Thursday, May 9, 2024
Rancho Mirage, California

On May 7-9, 2024, Sunnylands hosted the first meeting of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) Food Security Task Force. Launched in 2024 and comprising 16 leaders from across the public and private sectors, the Task Force will lead high-level MSC policy events on food security and identify potential food systems reforms.

With deep connections to climate change, migration, and regional and global conflicts, food system stability is a fundamental factor in national security yet is often overlooked and underfunded. Over two years, the Task Force aims to elevate the issue of food security on the international stage and develop strategic policy recommendations to share through their respective sectors. The group focuses their discussions on systemic food security solutions at the intersection of humanitarian and geopolitical challenges.

Attendees represented a diverse array of global institutions, including the World Bank, NATO, World Food Programme, and the g7+ secretariat. Over the course of two days, they created the strategy and objectives for the Task Force’s two-year work plan, including metrics for success, funding goals, a 2024 work plan, as well as first-year recommendations, which will be presented at the 2025 MSC.

The Task Force will convene later this year in Rome and members will participate in upcoming MSC activities such as the Munich Leaders Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, COP29 in Baku, as well as the MSC 2025. To learn more, please click here.

The Munich Security Conference is the leading forum for debating international security policy. It is a venue for diplomatic initiatives to address the world’s most pressing security concerns.