CFS 43 Highlights
CFS 43 will be from 17 – 21 October at FAO in Rome. The draft timetable and agenda are on the CFS 43 web page. CFS is continuing to evolve as the foremost inclusive platform for food security and nutrition.
On the agenda for CFS 43 are proposals on how CFS will contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and also to advancing nutrition. Following a two year inclusive process, policy recommendations will be endorsed on the important topic of connecting smallholder farmers to markets. Policy recommendations will also be endorsed on Sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition, including the role of livestock informed by a CFS High Level of Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) report.
During the session there will be a multistakeholder monitoring event to learn from the use and application of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security which were endorsed by the Committee in 2012. CFS week will also include a forum on urbanization, rural transformation including the implications for food security and nutrition which will determine the way forward for the Committee on this complex issue.
The CFS 43 special event will build on the first national volunteer reviews to the High Level Political Forum, meeting in July 2016 in New York on the theme “Ensuring that no one is left behind”. This will be an opportunity for countries to learn, exchange and share good practices on their inclusive efforts to start implementing the 2030 Agenda, and in particular on the challenges of integrating sustainability throughout national programming of food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture policy.
There will also be a special event organized jointly by FAO, IFAD and WFP on Inclusive value chains for sustainable agriculture and scaled up food security and nutrition outcomes. While there are many successful pilot approaches, a more systematic and proactive approach to expanding impact in the context of inclusive and sustainable agri-food systems is needed. Case studies, scaling up trajectories, lessons learned and good practices will be showcased and there will be an opportunity for an exchange of views.