IAFN Updates

To end poverty and hunger globally and meet the targets of the SDGs, we must build agency for the approximately 4.5 billion people that depend on food systems for their livelihoods. 

The CFS49 side event on "How can data & digital technology support smallholder farmers and enable more equitable, inclusive and sustainable food systems?" is set to take place October 14 from 12:45-14:15 CEST. 

Our food system needs to nourish people while providing resilient, decent livelihoods, and respecting human rights.  With pressure on food affordability, now more than ever we need innovation, greater empowerment of women and youth, and resilience for all aspects of the food system from crops to livestock, vegetables to fish, local to global trade. At a time when hunger is rising, there could be no more urgent moment for the Food Systems Summit. 

Join us, September 29, 2021 at 10-11:30 CEST – 15-16:30 ICT for an outreach event in collaboration with the CFS Secretariat: Business Training Session on the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition.

A note from the CFS Secretariat:

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) invites you to share your experiences and good practices on the use and application of the CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI).

On 14 July the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and the Dominican Republic co-hosted a side event during the UN's High Level Political Forum (HLPF). The event was entitled "Global Policy Coordination for SDG-2; CFS amid COVID-19." 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic poverty and hunger have increased. In particular, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and workers have been hit hard. As a result, the world needs to get value chains functioning, and allow for greater access to digital and other innovations.

Systems that were the most resilient during the pandemic had good social protection (too often SMEs are omitted), short communication chains, and excellent partnerships and engagement with governments and other stakeholders. This indicates a strong linkage to SDG17, partnerships.

Business is critical to the 'build back better' process in all sectors, and in SDG2 in particular where we see the full value chain from farm to fork.

"As the world continues to face the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis is hitting the poorest harder and continues to exacerbate pre-existing inequalities. So far, about 55% of people who have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine are from high income countries, whereas in some regions progress is below 1% and there is concern over the pace of the rollout. Meanwhile, the virus seems to be spreading more to rural areas. All this poses serious threats, as poor countries might face constraints in funding measures in support of the most vulnerable. In view of these challenges, it is critical to step up efforts towards an adequate standard of living, including health, food, and water, for the well-being of all people, and in so doing, to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

UN Food Systems Summit Producer Public Forums were held on 5 and 7 May.  Summaries are here on the website, with recordings of each session also available on YouTube: Asia and Oceania Time Zones ; North and South America Time Zones; Africa and Europe Time Zones.

CHICAGO – May 6, 2021 – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today launched the first annual Seeding The Future Global Food Systems Challenge, an initiative which seeks to inspire and support passionate, creative, diverse and multidisciplinary teams of innovators, scientists and engineers to create game-changing innovations that will help transform our food systems. 

Tomorrow, Oct 28, PSM Chair Rick White will be speaking as part of the WTO’s Trade Dialogues on Food. The dialogues… https://t.co/3BsEbBoKli
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