CSM Plenary Statements @CFS 44


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3rd Day – 11 October 2017

CFS Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPoW) 2018-2019

Intervention of Thierry Kesteloot, Oxfam Solidarité, Belgium on behalf of the CSM MYPoW Working Group 

We welcome the decision to request an HLPE report on Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition. Agroecology comes with a holistic social, economic, and political dimension that respects the natural balance and guarantees the food sovereignty of the peoples, while allowing the recreation of biodiversity of native seeds, animal and plant species, soil microorganisms and pollinators, in a coevolution with the people in a dynamic management of territories. The agro-ecological transition provides an essential solution in achieving the strategy of the Decade of Nutrition and the Sustainable Development Agenda, in relation to food security, nutrition, sustainable food systems, water management, responsible consumption and production, climate change, sustainability of the oceans, and terrestrial ecosystems, to mention but a few.

The elaboration process of the MYPOW 2018/19 was not easy. We would like to underline the following elements in order to strengthen the MYPOW process. Keep Reading…

Outcomes of the Forum on Women’s Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition

Intervention of Azra Sayeed – IWA, Pakistan on behalf of the CSM Working Group on Women

First of all we would like to convey to the CFS the huge expectation, commitment and engagement that the CSM women’s grassroots organizations of smallholders, fisherfolks, agricultural and food workerslandless, consumers, indigenous peoples, pastoralists, urban food insecure and youth demonstrated towards this process since its early beginning.

We are today facilitating, once again the voices of millions of women from all over the world that call upon the CFS to urgently recognize, fulfill and protect women’s rights, our rights, in order to finally pave the path towards the realization of the CFS vision and mandate of achieving the right to food and a world free from hunger.

Patriarchy, feudalism and the current neoliberal economic models are the three main root causes for women’s inequality and food insecurity and malnutrition. Patriarchy, feudalism and neoliberalism are grabbing our lands, water, seeds, forests and natural resources, our territories, our bodies and rights; they ignore the ancestral knowledge of our indigenous sisters, criminalise our struggles, leave violence against women unpunished while opening the door to discrimination, conflict, crises, occupation, displacement and war. Keep Reading…

Policy Convergence: Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition

Intervention of Editrudith Lukanga – WFF, Tanzania on behalf of the CSM Working Group on Forestry

The CSM is fully committed to the CFS especially in the spirit of its reform to advance the progressive realization of the right to food and to create spaces for policy convergence and debate, with particular attention paid to the roles of small scale food producers. It is in this sprit that we engaged with the negotiations on Recommendations for Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition.

Forests are vital to our constituencies that include indigenous peoples, small scale farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolks, rural women and workers. Our hope was to achieve recommendations focused on strengthening the rights, autonomy, capacities and protections for these constituencies. But the document falls short of our expectations. Here is our assessment followed by a concrete proposal. Keep Reading…

2nd Day – 10 October 2017

Launch of HLPE Report on Nutrition and Food Systems

Intervention of María Teresa Álvarez – WAMIP, Argentina, on behalf of the CSM Working Group on Nutrition (soon in English)

Como mujer pastoralista de la eco región del chaco sudamericano hago parte de una organización basada en los conocimientos ancestrales de las familias ganaderas pastoralistas. Nosotros recreamos la diversidad animal para hacer de ello un medio de vida basado en la alimentación que este sistema proporciona y así nos NUTRIMOS de alimentos recogidos de los bosques, de los pastizales, de los ríos y por supuesto de nuestros ganado. Gracias a las estrategias de movilidad que los pastores empleamos para sostenernos en los diversos ecosistemas del mundo ejercemos nuestro derecho a la alimentación y la nutrición.

De cara hacia adelante estamos comprometidas a abordar este proceso con una visión clara: “garantizar la NUTRICIÓN para todos y todas”. Y para esto es necesario apropiarnos de la relación de conocimientos ancestrales y su comunicación de generación en generación que han constituido culturas que hoy evidencian formas de producción de alimentos distinguidos como sistemas agroecológicos que garantizan la nutrición desde todas sus dimensiones. Poner fin al hambre no es…Keep Reading…

Intervention from Isabel Álvarez Vispo – Urgenci, Spain, on behalf of the CSM Working Group on Nutrition (soon in English)

Desde la Sociedad Civil queremos realizar algunos comentarios en base al resumen y las recomendaciones del informe, siendo estas las partes a las que hemos podido acceder en distintos idiomas.

En primer lugar agradecer el esfuerzo por la realización del informe y el trabajo de integrar la nutrición dentro del CSA vinculando la nutrición con las distintas dimensiones de los sistemas alimentarios. Desde la sociedad Civil siempre hemos defendido la necesidad de una visión holística de la nutrición, basada en los derechos humanos y que mire más allá de las dietas por lo que vemos imprescindible ampliar la mirada abarcando toda la vida del alimento, desde la tierra y la semilla, hasta el plato.

Valoramos muy positivamente algunos aspectos que han sido incluidos en el informe, aspectos en los que hemos venido insistiendo en los últimos tiempos, como la problemática de los conflictos de interés y la mirada sobre las partes más vulnerables. Sin embargo, hay aspectos de este documento que nos parecen preocupantes. Keep reading…

Good practice and Lessons sharing for improved nutrition

Intervention Ali Aii Shatou Member of the CSM Coordination Committee for the Indigenous Peoples’ Constituency – Nutrition 10 October 2017

We, the delegates of indigenous peoples who are from across the six regions recognised by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues , organized here through the Civil Society Mechanism, have actively followed the process of the CFS activities and the resulted reports. We are deeply concerned by the increasing number of people who are suffering from hunger and malnutrition, majority of the cases are reported by people living in rural areas and in areas populated by indigenous peoples. At the same time, Indigenous Peoples have been among the most important providers of food security, good nutrition and healthy diets – not only today, but over generations and centuries.

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is the only international and intergovernmental platform in the United Nations system, where governments, representatives of Indigenous Peoples, fisherfolks, smallholder and family farmers, pastoralists, landless, women, youth, food and agricultural workers, consumers, urban food insecure, UN organizations and the private sector collaborate with the aim of ensuring the realization of the right to adequate food. Keep Reading…

Update on ICN2 Reporting

Intervention of Peggy Pascal, Action Contre Le Faim, France, on behalf of the CSM Working Group on Nutrition

Food Systems based on highly processed “industrialized” food ( empty in macronutrients and essential Vitamins) are making us sick . As the HLPE report recalls it, one out of three people on our earth are suffering from one form of malnutrition and it will be half of the humanity in 2050.

Until when are we going to tolerate that? Since the ICN2 conference in 2014, we have encouraged and welcomed commitments for nutrition from members states whether it was in the SDGs or by launching the decade.

As civil society we have been on your side to make concrete propositions and we have launched the people decade on nutrition, in 2014, during the ICN2, to highlight our determination and commitment to build good nutrition for all. Keep Reading…