The UN & Sourcing Matters team up to showcase leading voices from the food systems summit in the new series: ‘Laying Down Tracks’


In collaboration with the UN FOOD SYSTEMS SUMMIT, Sourcing Matters has launched the 2021 miniseries ‘Laying Down Tracks’ (LDTs).

Joined by the Summit’s five Action Track leaders as cohosts of episodes, host Aaron Niederhelman curates an 8-part series featuring conversations with influencers and champions who are set on making this once in a decade gathering have impact.


“Food is our most intimate connection to nature and our best chance to save a shrinking planet,” explains Sourcing Matters host Aaron Niederhelman.  It’s the food we eat that is the elixir to instigate conversations and evolve mindsets which can stave off existential threats.  It’s food and its production that acts as the primary course of action for improving the human condition and advancing climate action,”  Niederhelman continues.


To amplify an appreciation for the role of well sourced food in addressing hunger, malnutrition, social welfare and climate change – Sourcing Matters show is collaborating with the UN Food Systems Summit to capture leading voices defining solutions of change.

The goal of the miniseries is to crawl into the ears of more folks through diverse discussions about how we can all be part of this historical movement. LDTs Episodes take a deep dive into the Summit’s Action Tracks and frame these chats around real world experiences in rolling out the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to stimulate new perspectives.


We believe that engaging in fun, informal and informative conversations gives us all a better chance to get to know a bit more about the mettle of the people who are leading the fight for a more just and stable tomorrow. You see, In all corners the process of producing and sourcing food in a modern world has evolved with consequence on our health and that of the planet.  “Three times daily we can vote for the planet and each other in what we decide to eat,”   concludes Niederhelman.



“Laying Down Tracks”



EPISODE 1:  Food Access  ||  LISTEN NOW

co-host: Dr. Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, GAIN (AT1 CHAIR)

guest: Maureen Muketha, founder of Tule Vyema in Kenya

guest: Youth activist: Sophie Healy-Thow from Ireland

RELEASE: 19 May, 2021


EPISODE 2:  Sustainable Consumption

co-host: Tristram Stuart – author and activist

guest: Lana Weidgenant, Real Food Systems – Deputy Director at Zero Hour International

guest: Webster Makombe – Law Student, Zimbabwe

RELEASE: 26 May, 2021


EPISODE 3:  Nature-Based Production / Blue Economy

co-host: Joao Campari – WWF (AT3 CHAIR)

guest:  Peter Thomson – UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

RELEASE: 2 June, 2021


EPISODE 4: Equitable Livelihood 

co-host: Jemimah Njuki, UN ‘Lever of Change’ for Gender lead (AT4 VICE-CHAIR)

guest: Dr Shakuntala Thilsted, Global Lead for Nutrition &  Public Health at Worldfish & 2021 Wood Food Prize Laureate

RELEASE: 8 June, 2021 (World Ocean Day)


EPISODE 5:  System Resilience 

co-hostProfessor Saleem Huq – International Institute for Environment and Development (AT5 CHAIR)

guestNate Mook – ED of World Central Kitchen


EPISODE 6:  Beacons of Hope – Food for all Corners of the Planet

Co-host: Ruth Richardson – The Global Alliance for the Future of Food

Guest: Helianti Hilman – Founder & CEO at Javara


EPISODE 7: The United Nations Food Trifecta

co-host: more soon…

guest: more soon…


EPISODE 8:  UN Special Envoys for Food & Climate 

co-host: Dr. Agnes Kalibata, UN Special Envoy for Food System Summit

guest:  more soon…


“I’m excited to share that Sourcing Matters is collaborating with The UN Food Systems Summit.  In effort to capture leading voices defining solutions of change, we’re launching the 8-part miniseries ‘laying down tracks’.  In the different episodes, the Summit’s Action Track leaders join me as cohosts; collectively we put together a series of interesting dialogues from informed guests about pressing issues.  Leading into the pre-Summit in Rome this July, and the “Nutrition for Growth” December ’21 Event in Tokyo – our chats should be helpful pre-reads for all types of engaged audiences interested in our Food, People and the Planet.”

– explains Sourcing Matters host Aaron Niederhelman



twitter: @Food Systems

series hashtag: #LayingDownTracks

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