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The 2018 edition of the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA), one of FAO’s annual flagship publications, will focus on migration and the challenges it poses to food security as well as to peace and stability. 

The CFS was reformed in the aftermath of the 2007/8 food crisis to become an inclusive body bringing all actors involved in food security and nutrition together in one forum. CFS is also the foremost platform in the complex UN system to discuss all issues relevant to food and nutrition security with the aim to achieve policy convergence. CFS is meant to capture many divergent interests and to attempt to create consensus and provide science-based policy recommendations to serve Member States around the world. Every party involved in the CFS has a vested interest, responsibility and mandate to work collectively to bring about positive change in the lives of the most vulnerable to end hunger and malnutrition. 

After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger appears to be on the rise once more, with multiple forms of malnutrition threatening the health of millions.  

Following the CFS Bureau decision on the 7th June 2017 accepting the proposal of composition for the new HLPE Steering Committee, as formulated by the Ad-Hoc Technical Selection Committee, and following the subsequent 1-month non-objection period, the composition of the new HLPE Steering Committee is consolidated and available on the HLPE website

The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) is awarding one extraordinary individual for improving our forests and the lives of people who depend on them!

The CPF launched the first Wangari Maathai Award in 2012 to honour and commemorate the impact of this extraordinary woman who championed forest issues around the world. In 2017, the CPF will award another individual for her/his outstanding achievements for forests.

A Side-event to the high-level political forum 2017   

With 20 to 30 million people at immediate risk of famine in July 2017 in only four countries, the world is currently facing levels of food insecurity unprecedented since world war II. One of the main causes of this dramatic regression is protracted crises, often triggered by conflicts, climate shocks, or both; and their complexity makes successful interventions particularly challenging:  Zero hunger is an illusion in a world affected by protracted crises.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR FARMERS AND SMEs TO ATTEND THE UN COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY

The Private Sector Mechanism to the UN Committee on World Food Security will be sponsoring the participation of several farmers and SMEs representatives in the annual meeting of the UN Committee on World Food Security that will take place October 9 to 13 at the FAO in Rome, Italy. 

Agriculture and Food Day took place last month in New York City with a series of panels discussing the potential of agriculture and food through the SDGs. One panel, in particular, emphasised the role agriculture plays in achieving Goal 2.  The subsequent speakers stressed the importance of Achieving Goal 2 and how this interconnects with a number of the other SDGs. Ambassador Grant showcased the importance of women's participation in the agri-food value chain. Next, H.E. Ms. Mary Mubi spoke about the Scaling Up Nutrition effort and the specific work in the context of Zimbabwe as a leader in the movement to incorporate nutrition into its efforts on achieving Goal 2. 

The eminent panel that followed highlighted the importance of science to advance the SDGs and the vital role of farming. From the voice of farmers themselves and the improvements made through conservation tillage, to the role of trade, partnerships, and agricultural research, leaders in agriculture spoke to concrete measures to advance food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture. They also highlighted the importance of investing throughout the agrifood chain, including research in agriculture to achieve Goal 2. 

This article was written by Simon Gie, Nutritionist and content writer for the UN World Food Programme. 
It was originally shared on World Food Programme Insights.

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