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What is Committee on World Food Security (CFS)?

The CFS is the lead United Nations multilateral and intergovernmental arena for the governance of policies and actions relating to agriculture and global food security. It was established in 1974 and went through an extensive reform process in 2009 to ensure universal food security by addressing both short-term crises and long-term structural issues. This vision is being achieved by strengthening the technical expertise of the CFS, ensuring greater coordination with all relevant stakeholders, and effectively engage with a wide range of participants, with particular attention given to those most affected by food insecurity such as smallholder farmers and rural social movements.

Who is part of CFS membership?

CFS membership consists of Members, Participants and Observers who are encouraged to participate at the highest level possible

“The eradication of hunger is too big a challenge for a single country or institution acting alone. The consolidation of the CFS and the active participation of civil society and the private sector are essential for food and nutrition security.” Jose Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General


Who else can participate?

The Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) is an autonomous, self-organized mechanism that facilitates the participation of CSOs and social movements in the decision-making spaces of the CFS. The simplest way to get involved is to join the CSM through the relevant Working Groups. More information is available at http://csm4cfs.org/policy_working_groups-6/

You could also start by reading the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) Booklet: The Committee on World Food Security (CFS): A Guide for Civil Society available at http://bit.ly/JIlx8e

“What we are seeing with the CFS is a new breed of global governance emerging, in which [civil society] are co-authors of international law with governments and international agencies.” Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food


What is the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE)?

The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) was created in 2009 as an essential part of the reform and was officially established in 2010 as the science-policy interface of the CFS. When requested by the CFS, the role of the HLPE is to provide independently produced scientific knowledge-based analysis, which findings and recommendations serve as the basis for discussions and recommendations on food security and nutrition policy issues.


How do EAA members engage in the annual sessions?


The 41st Session of the Committee on World Food Security (13-18 October 2014)

The roundtable discussions for CFS 41 are (1) Role of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture for food security and nutrition and (2) Food losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems. Comment on the first drafts of these reports and see others remarks using the following two links:

The HLPE Report V0 on the two respective topics:

Role of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture for food security and nutrition

Food losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems

 

The HLPE reports are key components of the final outcomes because the content of the Decision Boxes are produced from information found in the reports.

Another key issue being address in October will be the RAI - responsible agriculture investment. Regional consultations are currently being organized by the CFS. Get involved now and work with your governments to ensure that your investment

Documents for this upcoming session will be uploaded at http://www.fao.org/bodies/cfs/cfs41/en/

 

Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) – 11-12 October

Civil Society representatives will be meeting in advance of the CFS, 11 and 12 October. Information will be made available prior to the session.

 

The 40th session of the Committee on World Food Security (7-11 October 2013)

Roundtables for CFS40 focused on (1) Biofuels and Food Security, and (2) Investing in smallholder agriculture for food security and nutrition. These negotiations were undertaken with use the following two background documents:

 

1. The HLPE Report on the two respective topics:

Biofuels and Food Security

Investing in smallholder agriculture for food

 

2. The final set of policy recommendations including a decision box that was prepared and negotiated by a multi-sectoral team are available here.

 

Side Events that took place at the 40th Session

The EAA helped organize two side events during the 40th session:

 

A Greater Role for Nutrition in the Committee on World Food Security – 8 October [link]

With guests Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food; David Nabarro, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Food Security and Nutrition; and Lida Lhotska, Geneva Infant Feeding Association, a member of IBFAN.

 

Realizing the Right to Food and Nutrition – the Role of CFS – 11 October [link]

Guests include Fatimatou Djibo Moumouni, President of Niger Female Farmers Platform; Charlotte Dufour, FAO Nutrition Division and contributor to the FAO SOFA report: Food systems for Better Nutrition; and Etienne du Vachat, Food Security Advocacy Officer, Action Contra la Faim. Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food will speak via video.

 

The 39th session of the Committee on World Food Security (15-20 October 2012)

The hot topics for the 39th session were social protection and climate change. The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) released its third and fourth reports, requested by the CFS in October 2010. The first is on Food Security and Climate Change and the second on Social Protection for Food Security. These reports are available at www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-hlpe. The two reports were used for policy debates at CFS 39.

EAA members comment on the 39th CFS Session

Final Report from the 39th CFS session

 

Special session – May 11, 2012
The Voluntary Guidelines on the Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forest:

The intergovernmental negotiations on the Voluntary Guidelines were successfully finalized on March 2012 and a special session was held in May 2012 to formally adopt them. The Final Draft of the Voluntary Guidelines is now available in English at http://bit.ly/J0Ul5l

Fact sheet on the Voluntary Guidelines on Land

EAA members contributed to the online consultations

Ecumenical Water Network and the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance in joint press releases on the historical achievement.

 

The 37th session of the Committee on World Food Security (17-22 October 2011)

The key focuses for the agenda of the 37th CFS session were the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and Other Natural Resources and Food Price Volatility, along with further discussion on the development of a Global Strategic Framework (GSF), which the CFS is mandated to produce.

The 37th CFS Session Final Report

Food Governance Bulletin

 

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