Position Papers


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The Sustainable Development Goals set the international development agenda until 2030, and all stakeholders must mobilize to ensure their achievement.

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Agroecology is an important path to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and delivering a well-functioning and sustainable food system. 

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Agroecology is the study of the relation of agriculture and the environment. It involves the integrated local application of sustainable agriculture. It applies ecological principles in order to design and manage agro-ecosystems in more sustainable and productive ways. As such it supports the development of best practices, integrated solutions, and techniques that allow agriculture to minimize its ecological footprint, including approaches at the landscape level while optimizing yields. 

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To achieve the UN’s goals under the SDGs and to “enhance the linkages between agricultural technology and agroecological principles” , policy makers should take a multidisciplinary approach when seeking to achieve food security and sustainability, integrating agroecology as a scientific tool.  As policymakers work towards the goal of food security, agroecology will be a vital scientific and analytical tool.

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

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As the most important international standard setting body in the area of food safety, the Codex Alimentarius plays a crucial role in protecting the health of the consumers while enabling trade in agricultural products. This activity benefits both farmers and consumers. One of its most important responsibilities is Codex’s role in setting international pesticide maximum residue limits (MRLs).

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Since all parties at CFS are working on food security, nutrition and agriculture, all parties innately have interests. The cases where those interests intersect with fiduciary relationships and proposed funding should be the focus of conflicts of interest measures. Such potential cases may exist among any actor of CFS.  

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Key recommendations for forestry for food security and nutrition 2017

The private sector mechanism suggests that the following policy recommendations be considered in order to safeguard and improve the contributions that the forestry sector makes to food security and nutrition, in the context of the elaboration of UN Committee on Food Security (CFS) recommendations on “sustainable forestry for food security and nutrition”.

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More attention must be paid to the immediate needs of those who lack the necessary purchasing power to meet their food and nutrition requirements, especially women and children. 

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IAFN Inputs to High Level Political Forum 2017

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IAFN Position Paper on SDG indicator 2.4 

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Good land tenure security is central to sustaining productivity but also to fostering good stewardship of land among farmers and pastoralists.

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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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Respect for Land Rights, Remarks by Ulrike Sapiro, The Coca-Cola Company

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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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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global public and animal health issue that needs careful stewardship. Together with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the FAO has actively participated in the development of the WHO Global AMR Action Plan. This plan provides a holistic approach to combating AMR.

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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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