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Committee on World Food Security (CFS)


Round up of CFS 43

The attendance of CFS 43 was up from previous years and included 125 countries, 10 UN bodies, 123 civil society organizations and 86 private sector associations. The session was opened with a video from the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon 

CFS looked at country experience in using the Voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security (VGGT) over the four years since they were endorsed in 2012, which highlighted some good practices on the importance of empowering all stakeholders to engage in securing tenure rights. 

Policy recommendations were endorsed on “Connecting smallholders to markets”. The recommendations recognise the need for more data to be collected on markets linked to local, national and regional food systems and the importance of smallholders in creating stronger linkages between consumers and food production. 

Policy recommendations, informed by an evidence-based report from the CFS High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE), were endorsed on “Sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition: what roles for livestock?” Among other issues, the recommendations recommend improving animal health and welfare and make specific recommendations for pastoral, grazing and intensive livestock systems.  

Find out more about what happened at CFS 43 in the IISD Report.  The CFS 43 Final Report is in all language on the CFS 43 Documents Page

A total of 56 side events were organized by a wide range of CFS stakeholders on diverse issues such as how some of the CFS products are being used, what the greatest challenges are to achieving food security and nutrition and how CFS can support the Sustainable Development Goals.  Details and Summaries are on the Side Event page

As well as an Information Marketplace with 48 exhibitors, there was also a timeline display marking the 40th birthday of the Committee. The display will now be digitized and featured on the CFS website.

In partnership with the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR) a group of 30 social reporters were trained on social media reporting and then invited to write blog articles. They produced 77 blog posts which can be seen on the CFS Event Blog

A Reuters Trust reporter covered CFS and published these articles:

Photos were taken both in Plenary Hall and of all the Side Events – they can be seen in the CFS 43 Flickr Album. 

In line with the UN Greening the Blue initiative, CFS 43 was Papersmart.

Coming up for CFS in 2016-2017


Nutrition is high on the CFS menu and in the period leading up to CFS 44 in October 2017, CFS stakeholders are providing their feedback on the zero-draft of the High Level Panel of Expert’s (HLPE) Report on Nutrition and Food Systems which is open for e-Consultation until 5 December. CFS will discuss the Committee’s response to the HLPE report as well as the CFS contribution to the UN Decade for Action on Nutrition. Several intersessional events, organized in collaboration with various CFS stakeholders, will build a common understanding of the main issues.

Sustainable Development Goals

Following a forward-looking discussion at CFS 43 on “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”, the theme of the upcoming High Level Political Forum (HLPF) review which will take place in July 2017, CFS stakeholders are now preparing the Committee’s contribution. This will underline the fundamental links between poverty eradication, particularly in rural areas, and access to food security and improved nutrition. CFS stakeholders will also agree on key messages to convey to the HLPF to ensure that global policy makers fully acknowledge the importance of food security and nutrition for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Urbanization, rural transformation and implications for food security

During the Forum on Urbanization, rural transformation and implications for food security and nutrition held at CFS 43, the Committee recognized the importance of understanding the major trends and drivers of the changing rural-urban dynamics in order to adopt appropriate policies for food security and nutrition. Food access, lack of diverse diets, consumption patterns and nutrition, poverty, youth, migration, marginalization of vulnerable groups, gender equality and women’s empowerment, innovation, integrated and holistic approaches, data, climate change, land and natural resources, and lack of infrastructure and services were some of the areas discussed. As an outcome of the Forum, CFS will collect and compile experiences and effective policy approaches for addressing food security and nutrition in the context of changing rural-urban dynamics for presentation at CFS 44 in October 2017.

Other news

Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises: Leaving No One Behind

On 19 September 2016, CFS hosted a one day outreach workshop in Nairobi, Kenya in collaboration with FAO, IFAD and WFP. The event was the first of its kind to be organized by CFS on the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises (CFS-FFA). The objective was to raise awareness of the CFS-FFA in countries affected by protracted crises and to promote operationalization and contextualization at field level. The 50 participants represented governments, civil society, private sector and UN agencies. They had very diverse backgrounds and expertize within food security and nutrition, ensuring a wide range of perspectives and ideas. The workshop led to a set of 11 technical recommendations for CFS-FFA operationalization. These included the need for more workshops of this nature, communications to top government officials and heads of agencies to ensure political support and making the CFS-FFA more accessible to grass-root organizations and local communities, including by simplifying language and translation into local languages.


Report on Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition

The project team is currently integrating the feedback from 9 external scientific peer reviewers. The next version will be discussed during the next HLPE Steering Committee meeting in late November.

Report on Nutrition and Food systems

An open electronic consultation on this first draft is ongoing from 24 October to 5 December 2016. To contribute to this consultation, please see this link.

Critical and emerging issues for food security and nutrition

Following the CFS request to update the Critical and Emerging Issues Note, the HLPE launched an electronic open consultation which is running until December 2nd. To contribute to this consultation, please see this link.

HLPE Steering Committee renewal

The Steering Committee of the HLPE will be renewed in 2017 for a 2-year term. A call for nominations of experts for this next Steering Committee is open from 26 October 2016 to 31 January 2017. The process is web-based via the HLPE Nomination portal. Further details at this link. 

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