CSM Working Group on Agricultural Investment
- Djibo Bagna – ROPPA
- Javier Sanchez – LVC
- Nico Verhagen – LVC
- Shalmali Guttal – Focus on the Global South
Working Group email address: email@example.com
CSO Working Group Members: List of Agricultural Investment WG members
*Please note that the list is updated approximately once every month, so if your name does not currently appear, it will be added shortly. If you wish to join the working group, please send an email to the CSM Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org and copy in the Coordinators.
This Working Group was established to focus on two main CFS issues:
- 37th CFS Roundtable on “How to Increase Food Security and Small-holder sensitive Investment in Agriculture”
- Open-ended Working Group for the development of Principles on Responsible Agricultural Investment
The CSM Working Group will continue to interface with the CFS process of consultation to develop “guidelines on responsible agricultural investment” (see below for full history).
Final CFS Policy Outcomes:
- CFS Policy Recommendations Investing in Smallholder Agriculture for Food Security and Nutrition
- HLPE Report Investing in Smallholder Agriculture for Food Security
- Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems
In October 2010 during the 36th Session of the CFS, the CSO delegation successfully blocked endorsement of the “Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment that Respects Rights, Livelihoods and Resources” (RAI), which were developed by the World Bank, UNCTAD, FAO and IFAD in 2009.
The Civil Society declaration during the Land Tenure Roundtable specifically stated:
“We call on the CFS to not endorse the Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment that Respects Rights, Livelihoods and Resources (RAI): the RAI is not an adequate instrument to regulate private investment; moreover, RAI principles have been formulated through an exclusive process without the participation of communities and constituencies most affected by agricultural investments, especially private investments. What is needed instead are nationally and internationally enforceable laws and public regulations on all investments pertaining to land, including provisions on extra-territorial obligations of states to regulate and make private companies accountable for their operations abroad.”
The Final document and decision box from the CFS Roundtable on Land Tenure, can be found HERE
CSO messages developed during the 2010 Annual CSM Forum, just prior to the CFS session can be found HERE
In October 2011 during the 37th Session of the CFS, the Committee agreed to the following:
“v.iii. Supports launching an inclusive consultation process within the CFS for the development and the broader ownership of principles for responsible agricultural investment that enhance food security and nutrition to be overseen by the CFS Bureau with the assistance of the joint Secretariat and in close collaboration with the Advisory Group and the involvement of all interested stakeholders with a view to submitting these principles for the consideration of CFS.
- Acknowledges that the first step of this inclusive consultation process will be to find agreement on the scope, purpose, intended recipients and structure of these principles as well as on the format of the consultation process, taking into account existing frameworks – including the RAI principles developed by FAO, IFAD, UNCTAD and the World Bank – and respecting the need to maintain full coherence and avoid duplication with the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and other Natural Resources, which are expected to be approved prior to the start of this consultation process”
The full document can be found HERE
CSO messages developed during the 2011 Annual CSM Forum, just prior to the CFS session can be found HERE
The consultative process on RAI will involve two steps:
- The first step is aimed at developing the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the consultation (scope, purpose, intended recipients and structure of the principles as well as the format).
- The second step–once the TOR have been agreed—the consultation process will commence.
23 & 24 September 2013
|Regional and electronic consultations
(Pending availability of funds, consultations may not be held in all regions)
|October 2013 – 15 March 2014|
|Endorsement of way forward at 40th Session of the CFS||7-11 October 2013|
|Release of Draft One||1 April 2014|
|Preliminary discussion on Draft One in OEWG||29 – 30 April 2014|
|Global meeting to be held in Rome to negotiate Final Version||19 – 23 May 2014|
|rai principles are endorsed at CFS 41 Plenary||October 2014|
Background Documents: Agricultural investment_briefing_note
Phase 1: July 2 rai Workshop
Phase 1: July 25 rai Workshop
- CFS 39 Outcomes/ Evaluation
- Phase 2: November 20 rai workshop
- Phase 2: January 22 rai Workshop
- World Social Forum event on rai
Phase 2: May OEWG & ZERO Draft.
- *New* Zero Draft
- Roundtable on Investing in Smallholder Agriculture
- 23-24 September OEWG Meeting CFS
- CFS Regional Consultation 2014-14
- CFS RAI First Draft
- 29 April OEWG Meeting
- RAI Negotiations 19-23 May. CSM position.