CFS 2011 Private Sector Engagement


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The Private Sector Mechanism included a delegation of 37 private sector representatives from a broad range of sectors including farmers, inputs, grain trade, food processors, and investors. Events were held on Informal Briefing on the Private Sector Mechanism, Partnering for Sustainability, Informal Discussion on Post-Harvest Losses, a High Level Luncheon, and  an event with GADCO to discuss responsible agricultural investment in the context of a rice production and processing project in Ghana.

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The meeting had three purposes: (1) to introduce the work and structure of the International Agri‐Food network (IAFN) (2) to present key priorities for the private sector in the context of the CFS and (3) to discuss priorities for further participation within the work flow of the CFS.

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Overarching issues: PSM views on issues in front of the UN Committee on World Food Security in 2011

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Statement by Timothy J. Andriesen, Managing Director, CME Group, at the 37th Committee on World Food Security in 2011. CME Group believes that effective markets play an important role in solving the challenges facing us today. The statement highlights the importance of a principle-based approach, expanding agricultural productivity, social safety nets to protect the poor impacted by high and violate prices, as well as programs that aim to inform and educate market participants in managing risks from price volatility.

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Statement by Bruce McNamer, CEO of Technoserve, at the Policy Roundtable for Committee on World Food Security. In his statement, Mr. McNamer highlights the importance of targeting infrastructure investments to best value chain opportunities, supporting smallholders directly through the facilitation of formal training, building their skills, the expansion of access to financial services, the promotion of demand and support of transparency, the strengthening of their voices as well as the support of the Payment for Environmental / Ecosystem Services (PES).

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Speech by Charles Ogang from the World Farmers Organisation on Gender and Nutrition Roundtable 


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This meeting's purpose was to highlight how partnerships involving the private sector can play a role in delivering on the food security and sustainability goals of the CFS. Three pieces of work were presented: 1) A livestock production scheme in Brazil; 2) Zinc micro-nutrient fortification of fertilizers; and 3) Various programmes from Danone related to supply chain, communities and the environment

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Overarching issues: PSM commitment to addressing poverty and food security in the context of the UN Committee on World Food Security.

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The meeting saw a gathering of more than 60 delegates covering Ambassadors from 10 countries, association representatives, donor organization, FAO and World Bank. The theme of the luncheon was "Developing Investment", and with the objective of understanding the key policy recommendations that are needed to build better private sector engagement in the food value chain in developing countries. The delegates were encouraged to consider what governments need to do, what international companies need to do, and what local companies need to do.

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"Statement by Robynne Anderson, World Farmers Organisation, at the Committee on World Food Security 2010, in which she highlights the discussions that took place in the Advisory Group and the Task Team regarding Responsible Agricultural Investment. The discussions highlighted the need for: a) States to provide a conducive operating with rule of law, policies to prevent corruption, and create rules on investment in a transparent manner in advance of

investments, b) International companies must link more effectively with local partners and live up to their commitments to partners, farmers, society and national governments c) Public and private investment in infrastructure and the value chain to better support farmers, especially smallholders. "

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"Participants including member states, philanthropic groups, and the private sector, as well as UN agencies and their partners explored the impact of post-harvest losses. From 20% to 50% of post-harvest losses are estimated around the world. This leads to hunger and environmental degradation.

Already the UN has expressed the need to address post-harvest losses including the Istanbul Plan of Action and the HLPE report on food security. So how can it be done? Many of the needs are well known but there is a lack of knowledge sharing with farmers in developing countries. More research is necessary on good storage techniques and more investment is essential in infrastructure.

 Strong emphasis was placed on the fact that decreasing post-harvest losses isd the fastest way to increase ag productivity and efficiency."

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