Dr Graziano Da Silva, Director General of the FAO, met on October 11 with 9 members of the PSM representing the agri-food chain, as part of the meetings organized during the UN Committee on World Food Security. Together they discussed: sustainable food production, nutrition, food waste, land tenure, responsible agricultural investment.
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The 6th EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF) will take place on 27 November 2017 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, in the margins of the 5th African Union-European Union Summit of Heads of State and Government. The Forum will be the business window of the Summit and will convey practical views and proposals to the political leaders. It will bring together African and European economic operators representing multi-nationals, large corporations, small and medium-scale enterprises and confederations, start-ups, private and public financiers, and multilateral and regional institutions, to discuss practical opportunities to work together and to improve the business and investment climate.
Today the 2017 edition of the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) report: Leveraging food systems for inclusive rural transformation has been released.
The new report looks at how population growth, increasing urbanization, technologies, and climate change are transforming rural and urban areas, and how the world’s food systems are evolving.
The PSM comments on the CFS Forum on Women's Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition are available online here.
The PSM welcomes the summary and outcomes of the forum, and considers women’s empowerment to be an essential component of policies and programmes aiming to improve food security and nutritional outcomes. We are therefore extremely pleased to see the increased attention this issue has garnered in the context of the CFS, and fully support the emphasis placed in the outcomes on the importance of mainstreaming gender equality, women’s and girls’ rights, and women’s empowerment in all CFS workstreams, products, and documents, particularly given the importance afforded to this throughout the Agenda 2030, both as a stand alone goal (SDG5), and as a common thread throughout the SDGs as a whole.
A Technical Thematic Forum will take place October 5-6 at the FAO, in Rome, Italy during the 5th Anniversary of the VGGT. The Session "Increasing Responsible Investments in Agriculture and Food Systems" will further highlight how crucial it is to involve all key stakeholders -from small-scale producers, processors, transporters, wholesale traders, retailers – and how regulations and standards are applied for a responsible development of food systems.
Steve Ngunyi, from Nairobi, Kenya, will be speaking on behalf of the Private Sector Mechanism regarding the special event on the Land Tenure (VGGT) and Responsible Agricultural Investment principles. This Session will discuss how responsible investment can contribute to food security as well as increase productivity and income of small-scale producers.
The call for experiences and good practices int he use and application of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Right to Adequate Food has been extended. It is now open until 30 November.
The Chair’s summary and draft outcomes of the CFS Forum on Women’s Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition are accessible for download on the FAO website here.
The HLPE has released today the full report on Nutrition and food systems. You may download directly the pdf here.
The report will be launched officially during Plenary on Tuesday 10 October, morning session (10h00-13h00). Agenda and more information will be posted on the HLPE website in the coming days.
The 2018 edition of the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA), one of FAO’s annual flagship publications, will focus on migration and the challenges it poses to food security as well as to peace and stability.
The CFS was reformed in the aftermath of the 2007/8 food crisis to become an inclusive body bringing all actors involved in food security and nutrition together in one forum. CFS is also the foremost platform in the complex UN system to discuss all issues relevant to food and nutrition security with the aim to achieve policy convergence. CFS is meant to capture many divergent interests and to attempt to create consensus and provide science-based policy recommendations to serve Member States around the world. Every party involved in the CFS has a vested interest, responsibility and mandate to work collectively to bring about positive change in the lives of the most vulnerable to end hunger and malnutrition.