The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is meeting from 7 to 10 October for its 40th session, in FAO headquarters in Rome. The meeting is being broadcasted live online. Sessions are being held between 9.30 and 18.30 CEST. The agenda includes:
- FAO Ministerial Meeting on International Food Prices
- Policy Roundtable: Biofuels and Food Security
- Policy Roundtable: Investing in Smallholder Agriculture for Food Security and Nutrition
- Discussion of CFS Workstreams, such as principles for responsible agricultural investments, addressing food insecurity in protracted crises situations, global & regional initiatives and linkages with CFS, the CFS communication strategy, among others.
A number of side events will take place during CFS 40, including:
- Improving nutrition through agriculture: What agriculture can do more for nutrition – organized by the UNSCN
- Food and nutrition security of the most vulnerable: What the EUis doing – organized by the European Commission
- The Zero Hunger Challenge: Are We Ready? – organized by FAO
- Land tenure and property rights in a Post-2015 Agenda – What’s bestfor food security, growth and poverty reduction? – organized by DFID
The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was set up in 1974 as an intergovernmental body to serve as a forum for review and follow up of food security policies. In 2009 the Committee went through a reform process to ensure that the voices of other stakeholders were heard in the global debate on food security and nutrition. The vision of the reformed CFS is to be the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together in a coordinated way to ensure food security and nutrition for all. CFS was reformed to address short term crises but also long term structural issues. The Committee reports annually to Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
Who is part of CFS?
CFS is made up of Members, Participants and Observers. The membership of the Committee is open to all Member States of The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) or The World Food Programme (WFP) and non-Member States of FAO that are Member States of the United Nations. Member States are encouraged to participate in CFS sessions at the highest level possible. Participants can be from representatives of UN agencies and bodies, civil society and non-governmental organizations and their networks, international agricultural research systems, international and regional financial institutions and representatives of private sector associations and private philanthropic foundations. CFS may invite other interested organizations relevant to its work to observe entire sessions or specific agenda items.
For more information: http://www.fao.org/cfs/en/