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World Food Forum 2022: Science, Policy and Society Interface: Challenges and Opportunities

The interaction between policy makers, scientists and society is a crucial requirement for the development of policies on sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition. We often find that science and other forms of knowledge are not always used effectively in policy making. It is widely recognized that policy makers do not inform scientists of their needs and that, on the other hand, scientists do not always engage proactively in the policy process. Scientists tend to define research problems and develop solutions that may not be fully relevant to societal needs and this deficiency is also reflected in policy-making. We tend to imagine that communication follows a “linear pattern” when we think of the science-policy-society interface. This linear model is largely rare in reality, because the interactions between science, politics and society are complex and not simple. This session brings together representatives from prominent science-policy-society interfaces relevant to food security and nutrition to discuss how science-policy-society interactions work in practice. The session will highlight challenges and opportunities on how good interaction and excellent working relationships are key to successfully influencing or initiating change with the participation of policy makers, scientists and society.