On June 14, a meeting of CFS' Open Ended Working Group on Nutrition was held at the FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. On behalf of its membership, the Private Sector Mechanism Secretariat made the following statement:
On behalf of the Private Sector Mechanism, we thank the Chair of the Open-Ended Working Group and the CFS Secretariat for their ongoing work preparing today’s session and the previous sessions.
"A large rural youth population and growing domestic demand for diversified foods in many developing countries represent a unique opportunity to advance towards the three objectives of decent job creation for youth, food security, and sustainable production, as spelled out in Agenda 2030.
FAO provides essential services to all countries, all forms of agriculture, and should play an active role in advancing agriculture and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. There appears to be a lack of coherence in the way core and voluntary funding is shifting the priorities and resources of FAO.
May, 2018: In many developing countries, the share of agriculture and the food system in the economy is large and critical to the livelihoods of billions. It is thus essential to ensure that all investment in the sector, including by large-scale private investors, is attuned to local needs and operates responsibly, in line with international good practice. When done responsibly, boosting the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of agriculture can help fight poverty and help achieve several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as those aiming at ending hunger, ensuring decent work, and attaining gender equality.