Position Papers

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Livestock is vital for ensuring food and nutrition security and to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It performs critical development functions through its contribution to nutritious diets, economic growth, poverty alleviation, and improved rural livelihoods. No other economic sector is more important to the lives and livelihoods of the poor. In addition to nutritious food, livestock also provides asset savings, fiber, leather, traction, manure for fuel and fertilizers.

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Proposal from the PSM for HLPE reports in 2018 and 2019 to focus on food safety and resilience

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Strengthening Food Systems to Improve Nutrition Outcomes. Sustainable and resilient food systems must provide consumers adequate and reliable access to diverse, affordable, safe, and nutritious diets. Each of these components is essential in its own right, but no single component is sufficient to overcome food insecurity.

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The Private Sector Mechanism is very concerned about the improvement of water management that will be required to make the necessary increase of food production possible. We believe that the international community should pay more attention to the essential contribution of water to food production throughout its value chain.

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Through there has been willingness to engage at CFS from the entire agri-food value chain we represent (including farmers, input providers, cooperatives, processors, small and medium enterprises, and transnational corporations), we sense that we are at a juncture where the next step for the CFS is to focus on products that can be practically operationalized not only by business actors but also by governments and civil society

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"Investing in Smallholder Agriculture for Food and Nutrition Security. Smallholder agriculture is the backbone of the economy in many developing countries, yet at the same time, farmers represent a disproportionate part of the world’s hungry and poor. Allowing smallholder farmers to improve their livelihoods, to take advantage of new commercial opportunities, and to break the subsistence cycle is therefore an important pathway to achieving food security. "

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Communiqué by the PSM on the occasion of the Endorsement of the Principles for Responsible Agriculture  during CFS on October 15, 2014 Investments.

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Statement by the PSM on the Occasion of the Special Session of the CFS May 11, 2012 to Endorse the Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests. 

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Remarks on RAI draft made during the OEWG meeting on APRIL 29, 2014

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The PSM supports a diversity of actors at CFS. The PSM believes in the principle of selforganising and we emphasise the importance of encouraging all Advisory Group representatives to have modalities to enable larger participation in a transparent manner.

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Statement by the PSM on Responsible Agricultural Investment made during FAO Regional Conferences

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Statement by JB Cordaro of Mars Inc. The question of securing food availability for people living in protracted crises is a great humanitarian concern that is often over-shadowed by the immediacy of emerging conflicts or disasters.  

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Statement by the Private Sector Mechanism on the Occasion of the CFS, November 19, 2014, International Conference on Nutrition 2

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Investing in Smallholder Agriculture for Food Security and Nutrition. The food security agenda should focus on agriculture and empowering smallholder farmers to be successful food producers. It is the backbone of the economy in many developing countries and farmers represent a disproportionate part of the world’s poor and hungry. 

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Principles with regards to expected impacts of agricultural investments

 

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The MDGs placed poverty and hunger at the top of the list. As we discuss the Post 2015 agenda, we must not forget the primacy of those goals. They are not met and part of that is due to the failure to focus adequately on agriculture and rural development in the early years of the MDGs. Unfortunately it took a food crisis to remind the world that agricultural productivity and food availability need to be high priorities.

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Agriculture generally, and farmers especially, are vital to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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The intricate links in the food chain – from the supply of agricultural raw materials to the production of food and its distribution – are of primary concern to the International AgriFood Network and all associated businesses involved in feeding the world.

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Discussion paper contributed by the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) to the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development 8th Session, New York

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