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Committee on World Food Security (CFS)
Committee on World Food Security Updates - Summer 2016 Edition

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CFS 43 Highlights

CFS 43 will be from 17 – 21 October at FAO in Rome. The draft timetable and agenda are on the CFS 43 web page. CFS is continuing to evolve as the foremost inclusive platform for food security and nutrition.

On the agenda for CFS 43 are proposals on how CFS will contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and also to advancing nutrition. Following a two year inclusive process, policy recommendations will be endorsed on the important topic of connecting smallholder farmers to markets. Policy recommendations will also be endorsed on Sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition, including the role of livestock informed by a CFS High Level of Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) report (see Upcoming Key Activities for details of the report launch).

During the session there will be a multistakeholder monitoring event to learn from the use and application of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security which were endorsed by the Committee in 2012. CFS week will also include a forum on urbanization, rural transformation including the implications for food security and nutrition which will determine the way forward for the Committee on this complex issue.

The CFS 43 special event will build on the first national volunteer reviews to the High Level Political Forum, meeting in July 2016 in New York on the theme “Ensuring that no one is left behind”. This will be an opportunity for countries to learn, exchange and share good practices on their inclusive efforts to start implementing the 2030 Agenda, and in particular on the challenges of integrating sustainability throughout national programming of food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture policy.

There will also be a special event organized jointly by FAO, IFAD and WFP on Inclusive value chains for sustainable agriculture and scaled up food security and nutrition outcomes. While there are many successful pilot approaches, a more systematic and proactive approach to expanding impact in the context of inclusive and sustainable agri-food sytems is needed. Case studies, scaling up trajectories, lessons learned and good practices will be showcased and there will be an opportunity for an exchange of views.

CFS 43 Call for Side Events

Side Events are a popular part of the annual CFS session. CFS Side Event organizers are encouraged to follow the CFS inclusive model when organizing their events. The Side Event request form is on CFS 43 web page. The deadline for submission is 8 July.

Upcoming Key Activities

Connecting Smallholders to Markets

8 - 9 June, 9.30 – 12.30 & 14.30 – 17.30 Rome time, FAO, Rome

The CFS Open Ended Working Group on Connecting Smallholders to Markets will hold the final negotiations leading to the endorsement of policy recommendations at CFS 43. The meetings will be webcast – background documentation and the webcast link are available on the meeting page.

Standing Committee on Nutrition and CFS Event - Trade and Nutrition: Opportunities and Risks

10 June, 9.30 – 12.30 Rome time, FAO Rome

This event aims to increase common understanding about healthy diets in the context of trade and value chains. It will highlight the opportunities and constraints in enhancing coherence between trade policy and nutrition action as well as provide insights from various perspectives and experiences that show the relations between trade and nutrition.

From the MDGs to the SDGs: Understanding the meaning of the “2030 Agenda” for Food Security and Nutrition

17 June, 14.30 – 17.00 Rome time, WFP Rome

A panel from the UN in New York will discuss with CFS stakeholders in Rome what the 2030 Agenda means for food security and nutrition actors. Discussants will debate how CFS can contribute meaningfully to the achievement and review of the food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture related goals and targets. More details including the webcast link will be on the event page.

Policies Against Hunger 2016 organized by the Federal Ministry of Germany

22-24 June, Berlin, Germany

The event, which will be opened by Christian Schmidt, the German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, will discuss food systems with the themes of diversification, processing, women’s empowerment and nutrition education. The CFS Chair Ambassador Amira Gornass will participate. Policies against Hunger 2016 intends to show ways in which these four components together can help ensure adequate nutrition and how this can be realized in practice.

Launch of the HLPE Report on Sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition, including the role of livestock

1 July, 9.30 – 12.30 Rome time, FAO, Rome

The CFS High Level of Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) science and evidence based report on Sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition, including the role of livestock will be launched by the Chair of the HLPE Steering Committee, Patrick Caron. The main findings of the report and recommendations will be presented by Wilfrid Legg, the HLPE Project Team Leader. Details of the launch including the webcast link will be on the CFS 43 web page shortly before the launch.

High Level Political Forum 2016: Ensuring that no one is left behind

11 – 20 July, UN, New York

Following an invitation from the His Excellency Oh Joon, President of ECOSOC, to offer substantive inputs to this meeting, the CFS Chair conveyed a contribution on behalf of CFS summarizing how the Committee works and how its model could contribute to “ensuring that no one is left behind”. The contribution put forward CFS policy products to date, major frameworks and policy recommendations, and presented how these contribute to both more inclusive food security and nutrition, and to more impact in reaching out to the most marginalized and vulnerable. The Chair will be traveling to New York for the meeting between 11-20 July and will participate in a number of side events related to food security and nutrition for sustainable development.

Recent Events

The CFS Chair has been participating in a wide range of events to raise awareness on food security and nutrition, the inclusive global policy frameworks of the Committee and the importance of multistakeholder approaches for lasting solutions to food security and nutrition. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Zero Hunger by 2030: Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security for All, a High Level Side Event at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, Turkey. The Chair presented to key players in the humanitarian sector the CFS Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crisis as a global policy instrument. The video of the event as well as the outcomes and press release are on the event page. There is also an article about the event on the Zero Hunger Challenge website.
  • The OPEC International Fund for Development (OFID) Seminar on The Long-term Challenges of Food Security, Wien, Austria. The CFS model was introduced to OFID and its member countries who were invited to participate in the work of the Committee. The seminar was also an opportunity to have an exchange with UN agencies and research institutes on the contribution CFS can make when addressing some of the long-term challenges of food security.
  • The UN High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the 2030 Agenda, UN HQ, New York. This event served to increase international awareness and political momentum around the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Leaders were offered a platform to catalyze action, discuss concrete steps forward and mobilize potential implementation partners. This debate highlighted the potential role of the CFS products and policy recommendations in achieving the 2030 agenda. The CFS Chair was invited to act as co-facilitator during the debate on Partnerships for Sustainable Development Goal Implementation. The session focused on “how” new partnerships could be formed and existing partnerships could be refined or scaled up, and “who” the key partners may be. Read the press release .

  • Transforming our Food Systems to Transform our World: The Zero Hunger Challenge and the Sustainable Development Agenda Roundtable, UN HQ, New York. The discussion renewed the Secretary-General’s call to action for Zero Hunger by showcasing pathways to transform and benchmark food systems from production to consumption through individual and collective action. Participants, which included the CFS Chair, exchanged their views on how policy change and investment in food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture, at scale, can pay dividends across the whole of the 2030 Agenda, beyond SDG2, actively contributing to ending poverty, delivering equality and safeguarding the planet.

  • The Ceremony Signature of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Launching of the Implementation of the Climate Change Agreement, UN HQ, New York. These events showed the linkages between climate change and food security in the global policy debate. The CFS High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) evidence-based report on climate change and food security was highlighted as an important contribution for policy-makers.
  • EU-FAO Event: The Global Governance of Food Security and Nutrition: Progress and Challenges, Brussels, Belgium .The Chair discussed long term challenges for food security and nutrition and the role of the Committee.
  • Conference on Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems. For the Benefit of All, Fribourg, Switzerland. This conference looked at ways that the CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems can have a positive impact along the entire value chain.

The Chair made two video messages for meetings that she was not able to attend in person. They are both available on the Multimedia page of the CFS website:

The CFS Secretariat together with FAO Regional Offices organized side events at two FAO Regional Conferences:

Other News

Evaluation

An independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the CFS Reform in 2009 is currently underway. An update on progress will be given at CFS 43.

New web page for CFS activities

The CFS website has a new Workstreams and Activities section. Each of the current areas of work now has its own dedicated page making all of the background information more easily accessible.

CFS on Social Media

CFS now regularly publishes articles on the blogging platform Medium. Read the blogs on the CFS Medium page and follow @UN_CFS to get notifications. Don’t forget to Follow CFS on Twitter and visit the CFS Facebook page.

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