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During its 45th Plenary Session (15-20 October 2018), the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) requested its High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to produce a short report (around 20 pages, approximately 20 000 words) entitled “Food Security and Nutrition: Building a global narrative towards 2030” to be presented by the first semester 2020". Click here to download the CFS request.

As 2018 draws to a close and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is developing its strategic plan covering the next ten years, the organization seeks to gain insights into the engagement of youth in agriculture on the continent by various agricultural institutions, members of the Forum.

Next generation technologies are needed to transform our food system to meet climate goals, say experts at COP24

Climate change is advancing faster than technology, warn experts at the UN climate talks in Poland this week. A “next generation” set of technologies will be needed in order to meet the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by mid-century, while achieving both climate and sustainable development goals.

It was the 14th of October, 2018 when I touched down in Rome for the very first time. I was extremely excited to have been nominated to participate in the 45th Committee on World Food Security (CFS45). I was nominated as a youth representative to give a better, in-depth perspective on youth engagement in agriculture. Who else should speak for youth other than youth ourselves?

In an era marked by volatility and uncertainly, the world prepares to feed a growing population with a declining resource base. Sustainably increasing production to levels required to ensure global nutritional security is one of today's world's greatest problems.

On the final day of the Plenary week of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS45), everybody was saying, "See you next year!"; my answer was "Next year, I will have even more input and I will be busy engaging more youth!” CFS45 and especially the work of the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) boosted my views that we must continue to follow the best practice of engaging youth in agriculture.

UNSCN Nutrition is the flagship, peer-reviewed publication of the UNSCN, previously entitled UNSCN News. The 2019 edition will focus on food environments to enable healthy and nutritious diets.

The Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security were endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and unanimously adopted by all member states of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 2004.

Both the Agroecology Symposium and the BioDiversity Dialogue developed initiatives and next steps for action by FAO, member states, the RBAs and other stakeholders.  With a welcomed and unique interactive process, the forthcoming Innovation Symposium intends to capture and build on the discussion and outputs of the events of the three days themselves. 

Until young people are brought to the table, their investment in the future of agriculture is not being fully actualized. From October 15-19, I had the honour of attending the 45th session of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS 45). During CFS week, I represented 4-H Canada as part of the Private Sector Mechanism's (PSM) youth delegation. The event took place at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019 15:52