CSM Working Group on Agroecology
Ali Aii Shatou – IPACC (Cameroon)
Antonio Gonzalez – MAELA (Guatemala)
Rodolfo Gonzalez Greco – La Via Campesina (Argentina)
Alberta Guerra – ActionAid USA (Italy)
Martín Drago – Friends of the Earth (Uruguay)
Stefano Prato – SID (Italy)
Rapporteur of the Policy Convergence Process
Ambassador Mohammad Hossein Emadi (Iran)
First CFS Open Meeting
The Rapporteur will chair the first CFS open Meeting that will be devoted to discuss the consolidated inputs gathered from the written submissions that should inform the policy convergence process.
Deadline for the submission of written inputs
CFS members and participants are invited after CFS 46 to provided structured inputs to feed an initial zero draft of a CFS Policy Convergence process, taking into account the main findings and recommendations of the HLPE Report and Plenary discussion. All inputs will be made available online, and will be consolidated by issues and shared in advance on the CFS first open meeting.
29 October 2019
Letter from Rapporteur Ambassador Emadi
Please find here the letter shared by the Rapporteur of the Policy process on Agroecological and Other innovative approaches, Ambassador Emadi, and the workplan agreed by the CFS Bureau on 20 September 2019.
CFS 46th Plenary Session and CSM Forum
The CSM Working Group on Agroecology was very active during October activities to prepare its own contributions to the CFS Plenary Session debate on this topic.
CSM Forum (12-13 October 2019)
The CSM WG had a dedicated session during the CSM Forum and in that occasion also welcomed the paper on Feminism and Agroecology prepared by the CSM Women’s Working Group to inform CSM positions towards the policy convergence process.
CSM Side Event (15 October 2019)
The Agroecology Working Group hold jointly with the CSM Working Group on Food Systems and Nutrition a side event titled “Re-think and re-shaping Food Systems through Agroecology! CFS Policy Convergence process on Agroecology and Food Systems and Nutrition as the key opportunity to chart the transition to a truly sustainable future”. Please find here the summary of the side event.
CFS Plenary Session on Agroecological and other innovative approaches (16 October 2019
All CFS members and participants were able to provide feedback and input on the content of any CFS policy convergence process on this topic, based on the HLPE Report launched on 3 July 2019. CSM Contribution highlighted our vision on agroecology, making clear that CSM will not compromise on the cohabitation of agroecology and industrial agriculture and that CSM firmly denounce false narratives and solutions. Please find here CSM full statement! And here the CFS Final Report and the verbatim of the Plenary Session.
Right before the Plenary discussion the US based organizations launched a statement to publicly denounced the US attempts to block the process and handled the letter directly to the US Ambassador in Rome before the Plenary session on agroecology.
Meeting of the CFS Bureau
The CFS Bureau has appointed Ambassador Mohammad Hossein Emadi (Iran), Rapporteur for the policy convergence process on Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches. Please find here CFS Bureau Outcomes.
Without Feminism there is no Agroecology! Towards healthy, sustainable and just food systems. An input and vision paper of the CSM Working Group of Women. This document intends to inform CSM positions towards the upcoming CFS Policy Process on Agroecology and other innovations. A shorter version of this vision is also included in the new edition 2019 of the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch of the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition This text is the outcome of an incredible collective work and was adopted by the CSM Women Working Group that counts with 190 participating organisations in August 2019. It wouldn’t have been possible without the commitment and engagement of many special women.
3 July 2019
Launch of the HLPE Report
Full HLPE Report available here
3 June 2019
CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting
Within the agenda item related to MYPoW the CSM shared the following contributions:
Regarding the policy convergence process on agroecology and other innovations:It is very important that the Objectives and expected outcomes are clearly formulated. Therefore. it should explicitly state that the process will lead to policy recommendations on agroecological approaches and other innovations for adoption at CFS 47.
- The text should also be slightly corrected by saying that the policy convergence process will not start afterCFS 46, but with the Plenary discussion of CFS 46, taking into account the importance of the Plenary and the substantial debate that will be held in this occasion.
- It is fundamental that a proposal for the policy convergence process on agroecology and other innovations is agreed by the Bureau the latest by end of July, so that it can be submitted as a draft decision box to the Plenary in October.
- For that purpose, it would be very useful to appoint as soon as possible the rapporteur of this process. As in previous processes, it is important that the rapporteur participates to the deliberations about the way how the policy process is set up.
- We would like to remind as well that the design of the policy process on agroecology and other innovations should seek the best possible synergies with the process on food systems and nutrition, as they are interrelated in many aspects. A specific methodology should be worked out for that purpose.
- Finally, it is recommendable to also include in this workstream the fact that it will be a contribution of the CFS to the UN Decade on Nutrition and the recently started UN Decade on Family farming.
CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting
A draft proposal on the process and timeline of the policy convergence topic on Agroecology and other innovations is submitted for debate and discussion. Regarding the discussion at the Joint meeting of the CFS Bureau and Advisory Group on 14 May on this topic, CSM is deeply concerned about attempts to avoid discussions on the process that will follow the HLPE report on agroecology and other innovations before its launch. This approach is unprecedented in the CFS: discussions about the follow-up of an HLPE report were always held before an HLPE report was launched, to make sure that the policy convergence process after the launch is clear to everybody. We also note that in all previous processes, the offer of diplomats to facilitate a policy process was warmly welcomed. Read CSM Contributions below to learn more.
CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting
CFS Proposal for a follow-up policy process after the launch of the HLPE Report on Agroecology and other innovations
HLPE e-consultation on the zero draft of the Report
All information on the process here!
Selection of the HLPE Project Team for the Report on Agroecology
The HLPE Steering Committee has appointed the Team Project for the Report. You can take a look at their short bios here
Collective contributions of the CSM Working Group on the Scope of the Report
HLPE online consultation on the Scope of the Report
HLPE online consultation on the scope of the Report: Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition
Extract from the MYPoW 2018-2019 approved by the Plenary Session of CFS 44
Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition (2019) Rationale
54. The global food system is at a crossroads. In the face of a rapidly growing population, increased pressure and competition over natural resources, increasingly severe consequences of climate change and the loss of biodiversity, sustainable and innovative approaches need to be developed to successfully combat hunger and malnutrition. It is key to promote more sustainable food systems that produce more with more socio-economic benefits and with less environmental consequences.
55. Sustainable approaches and interventions have to address the challenges behind poverty and inequality, unsustainable diets and consumption patterns, soil degradation, land and water scarcity, climate change and loss of biodiversity. Given the challenges that food systems have to address in order to ensure food security and nutrition now and in the future, CFS seeks to build a better understanding of the roles that agroecological and other innovative approaches, practices and technologies can play. Proposed scope
56. The HLPE is requested to produce a report presenting evidence on the potential contribution of agroecological and other innovative approaches, practices, and technologies to creating sustainable food systems that contribute to food security and nutrition.
57. The HLPE is invited to analyze and provide evidence on the different approaches which could help CFS stakeholders develop a common understanding, and consider the trade-offs that will need to be made by policy-makers, farmers and other stakeholders when considering the adoption of different approaches.
58. Although particular attention to agroecological approaches is envisaged in the HLPE report, the Committee recognizes that there is no single practice for achieving food security and nutrition and sustainable and resilient food systems. The role of agroecological and other innovative approaches, practices and technologies in adapting existing knowledge and practices to specific conditions should be elaborated.
59. The Committee seeks to be informed through the report on possible synergies and integration between different approaches and on the common and distinguishing features of agroecological approaches in the spectrum of innovative approaches, practices and technologies to enhance the sustainability of agriculture. CFS 2017/44/8 Rev.1 13
60. The analysis of the contribution of agroecological and other innovative approaches, practices and technologies to meet future food demand in a sustainable manner should pay attention to the following elements:
Potential to deliver at scale and have an impact on global food security and nutrition, with particular attention to food availability, economic aspects as well as socio-economic impacts, such as on employment;
Contribution to improve resource efficiency, minimize negative environmental impact, strengthen resilience and secure social equity and responsibility;
Examples of context-specific solutions associated with different stages of agricultural development and diverse local situations; Types of markets and regulations that can create an enabling environment for the development of these approaches and for a positive impact in terms of food security and nutrition;
Possible barriers to the adoption of certain practices and ways to address them, including controversies, uncertainties, risks and challenges associated to the development of these approaches;
Review of extensive body of existing scientific and empirical evidence on the impacts of approaches which are being used to advance food security and sustainability. Objectives and expected outcomes
61. The objective for the Committee is to build understanding on the type of interventions, enabling policies and tools, institutional arrangements and organizational changes that enable and incentivize positive changes in sustainable agriculture and food systems.
62. The report and policy outcomes determined by the Committee should help countries achieve progress on SDG 2 (in particular 2.4 on sustainable food production systems and resilient agricultural practices and 2.A on increasing investment in rural infrastructure, agricultural research, extension services and technological development), on SDG 6 (in particular 6.3 on reduction of water pollution and 6.4 on promotion of water-use efficiency) and on a number of others such as SDG 8 on sustainable economic growth, SDG 9 on resilient infrastructure and innovation, SDG 12 on sustainable consumption and production patterns and SDG 15 on sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems. Process
63. To accommodate the needs of the Committee, the HLPE is requested to launch the report by March 2019 in order to give enough time to CFS stakeholders to analyze and review the evidence presented to draw lessons from those innovative approaches that contribute to food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture and food systems. Should the HLPE need more time, the Committee may reconsider its timeframe for finalising policy discussions based on the report.
64. A facilitator will be selected among CFS Members to lead the process of identifying the areas of agreement and/or policy recommendations to be presented to the Committee for endorsement. Costs of the HLPE which need to be covered through extrabudgetary contribution
65. Note – the costs represent the full anticipated HLPE running costs for the period of the MYPoW, including the production of the two reports requested by CFS. A large proportion of HLPE costs are fixed, but are entirely funded through voluntary contributions.
66. The CFS workstream costs below relate to interpretation and translation. The need for these services may vary depending on the processes determined for follow up on each report.