Urbanisation and Rural Transformation

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Urbanisation, Rural Transformation and implications for food Security and Nutrition

Coordinators:

Elene Shatberashvili – Biological Farmer Association Elkana/LVC

Kuria Gathuru – Mazingira Institute/Habitat International Coalition

Technical Facilitators:

Emily Mattheisen – FIAN

Imogen Ebsworth – Australia Food Sovereignty Alliance

To see the full list of members of the Working Group please click here

To join the Working Group please write to the CSM Secretariat at cso4cfs@gmail.com

Chair of the CFS OEWG:

Ambassador Hans Hoogeveen (The Netherlands)

Background

The CSM Working Group on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and implications for food security and nutrition was established in January 2016 with the task to elaborate the CSOs position on this new topic of the CFS Policy Agenda for the next biennium 2016-2017. Please find below an extract from the MYPoW endorsed at the 42nd CFS Plenary Session in October 2015.

Extract from the MYPOW 2016-2017 endorsed at CFS 42:

CFS Forum on Urbanization, rural transformation and implications for food security and nutrition – 2016-2017

  1. Rapid urbanization and the transformation of agriculture, the food systems and the rural space are creating new challenges as well as opportunities for inclusive growth, poverty eradication, economic, environmental and social sustainability, support of local food systems and economies, and food security and nutrition. Those interlinked processes are changing the traditional challenges for food security and nutrition with impacts in terms of income inequalities, vulnerability and exclusion. Efforts are required at policy level to find coherence between agriculture, food security and nutrition and the broader rural development and social protection objectives and actions.
  2. This workstream builds on outcomes of previous HLPE Reports and subsequent debates and intends to identify key areas for policy attention to deal with threats and opportunities arising from urbanization and rural transformation processes:
  3. CFS Forum will be held during or back-to-back to CFS 43 in October 2016. The objective would be to reach better understanding of the issues at stake and identify areas of intervention and possible CFS roles
  4. Following the Forum, its outcomes and results will be reviewed and analysed by CFS participants in one-off open ended working group format of one or two days according to the needs with a view to identifying challenges and policy approaches that would contribute to overcoming existing constraints. The results of this work will be presented for endorsement at CFS 44 in 2017.

Process 2016-2017

CFS OEWG on Urbanisation and Rural Transformation

CFS OEWG on Urbanisation and Rural Transformation
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CFS OEWG on Urbanisation and Rural Transformation

CFS OEWG on Urbanisation and Rural Transformation (One Day)
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CFS OEWG on Urbanisation and Rural Transformation

CFS OEWG on Urbanisation and Rural Transformation (Two Days)
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CFS 44 Plenary Session Outcomes – 13 October 2017

Intervention of Elene Shatberashvili, Biological Farmer Association Elkana/LVC, Georgia, on behalf of the CSM Working Group on Urbanisation and Rural Transformation 

We strongly believe that the CFS as the overarching body working across the food systems and nutrition based on the human rights approach is the best place to discuss urbanization and rural transformation in a holistic way, from the point of view of territorial approaches and overcoming rural-urban dichotomies. In this sense, it is fundamental to take into account the potential of agro ecological food systems in creating a space for youth & women employment opportunities, including resilience to climate change, use of traditional knowledge and agricultural biodiversity, giving more space for peoples innovations and autonomous production.

However, we also have to take into account, that while the UN institutions have an important role in knowledge sharing, they are not the only producers of knowledge and solutions. In this sense it is especially important to build on the knowledge from the grassroots, which have to be considered not only as the recipients of the “modern knowledge”, but the contributors and definers of both problems and solutions. Keep reading…

Intervention of Nadjirou Sall, ROPPA, Senegal, on behalf of the CSM Working Group on Urbanisation and Rural Transformation 

We already said we are not comfortable with this methodology. We wouldn’t have problem to present one of our experiences if requested at due time. I am a farmer and livestock keeper from Senegal, member of Roppa (network of peasant organisation and agricultural producers from West Africa) which, in turn is member of PAFO. I have to specify that PAFO is not member of the WFO (by decision taken in Feb 2017). We have two themes selected for this workstream, now we should see how to feed them with the different existing experiences. We are worried because we are losing the control over our basic resources, as land. Keep reading…

Intervention of Emily Mattheisen, FIAN, Germany, on behalf of the CSM Working Group on Urbanisation and Rural Transformation 

I first to start up by clarifying our previous unease; our seemingly boring statements come from a long process of consultations.

Urban/rural sectors have traditionally been treated separately, to the detriment of rural areas. Urbanisation has been driven by policies that have privileged urban areas and penalized rural economies, leading to deterioration of rural spaces (such as accelerated exodus from rural areas). This fragmentation tends to be perpetuated in the SDGs and Habitat III. CFS is the legitimate space in which to overcome this dichotomy, using food security and nutrition and sustainable food systems as the entry point.

  • The root causes, regional specificities and localized solutions for intergenerational change in agriculture and the abandonment of rural areas by the young, which is becoming an irreparable, inadmissible trend affecting the future of the sustainable food systems; Keep reading…

Intervention of Christiane Costa, HIC, Brazil, on behalf of the CSM Working Group on Urbanisation and Rural Transformation

A territorial approach aims at overcoming the rural-urban dichotomy, which is one of the causes of food insecurity in both rural and rural areas, and from this perspective, particular attention should be paid to the following issues:

The need to identify strategies that view the territory in a comprehensive way. Solidarity economies and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) are significant parts of inclusive territorial food systems, and these can substantially contribute to guaranteeing socially inclusive access to fresh fruit and vegetables, which are good for our health. One case in point is the food and nutritional security system in Brazil, where local small-scale producers are actively participating in developing public policies through Food Policy Councils. Keep Reading…

CFS Plenary Session – 9/13 October 2017

20 July 2017

CFS Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting

11 July 2017

Extraordinary meeting of the OEWG on Urbanisation and Rural Transformation

23 June 2017

Meeting of the OEWG on Urbanisation and Rural Transformation

The OEWG will focus on: a) Presentation by the Technical Task Team members of the Background document and discussion; b) Discussion and agreement on the MYPoW proposal for this workstream; c) Discussion and agreement on the draft decision box for the Plenary Session of CFS 44.

Background documents:

16 June 2017

Informal meeting of the OEWG on Urbanisation and Rural Transformation

This informal consultation aims to start exchanging preliminary feedback both on the document and on the expected scope, objectives, outcomes and process for this workstream over the next biennium.

Webcast link http://www.fao.org/webcast/en/ 

Background Documents: 

May 2017

The OEWG Chair shared the English copy of the document “Addressing food security and nutrition in the context of changing rural-urban dynamics: experiences and effective policy approaches” (and annexes) prepared by the Technical Task Team following the global call on the FSN Forum (the language versions will be available from 2 June). The document provides a compilation of selected experiences and policy approaches that identify some key messages relating to addressing food security and nutrition in the context of changing rural-urban dynamics. Besides informing CFS actors, the document also seeks to stimulate further discussions on governance, rural-urban linkages, sustainable food systems and the role CFS might play going forward. On this note, the OEWG Chair convened an informal consultation on Friday June 16 to start exchanging preliminary feedback both on the document and on the expected scope, objectives, outcomes and process for this workstream over the next biennium.  This will allow to better prepare for the June 23 OEWG meeting and to consolidate our inputs to the MYPoW 2018-19 process.

February 2017

Call for contributions for changing urban-rural dynamics! 

3 February 2017

CFS OEWG on Urbanisation, Rural transformation and implications for FSN

Webcasting will be available at http://www.fao.org/webcast/en/ in all UN languages.

Message from the OEWG Chair Hans Hoogeveen

As per the attached agenda, the main objective of the meeting is to discuss and agree on the content of the draft call for submissions and draft submission template aimed at soliciting experiences and effective policy approaches in addressing food security and nutrition in the context of changing urban-rural dynamics. The call will be launched on the FSN Forum starting February 7th until March 15th 2017. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss next steps in the process including expectations around the format and desired outcome of the OEWG meeting on 23 June. In discussing the proposed approach the Technical Task Team focused its discussions on the following key points, which you will find reflected in the attached draft call and submission template document:

– The need to keep rural-urban linkages as the primary focus for the experiences and policy approaches, with four additional thematic areas acting as additional filters;

– The importance of including social and economic equity issues (in addition to governance, sustainability and food systems) as a means to capture the vulnerable and marginalized individuals and groups dimension;

– The need to have criteria that would not only allow us to stay on topic (focus on rural-urban linkages, impact/relevance to food security and nutrition) but also to capture elements related to process, change and innovation in policy making, equity and coherence with human rights frameworks;

– The need to keep the submission template simple and relatively “open” so as to encourage a large number of submissions from a wide variety of stakeholders.

Background Documents:

 

2 of December 2016

CFS OEWG on Urbanisation, Rural transformation and implications for FSN

Background Documents:

Process 2016

CFS Technical Workshop

On 22 and 23 of February will take place the first CFS Technical Workshop on Urbanisation, Rural Transformation and implications for Food Security and Nutrition (Iran Room, FAO HQs)
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Zero Draft of the Background Document

The Secretariat publishes online the Zero Draft of the Background Document
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Deadline for comments to the Zero Draft

Deadline to submit CSOs comments to the Zero Draft
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Draft 1 will be published

The 29th of April the CFS Secretariat will publish the new Draft, (Draft One) of the Background Document, that will be elaborated on the basis of the inputs received from the online consultation
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Second Technical Workshop

On June 7 it will take place the CFS Second Technical Workshop
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October 2016

 

8 July 2016

Meeting of the CFS Bureau and Advisory Group

 

7 June 2016

Second Technical Workshop on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and implications for food security and nutrition

Read CSM Speaking Points

Read the Outcomes

May 2016

First Draft of the Background Paper to CFS 43 Forum discussion

March/April 2016

The Zero Draft of the Background Paper to CFS 43 Forum discussion  is now available!

Read the Preliminary CSM Working Group’s Comments on the Zero draft submitted on the 6 April!

22/23 February 2016

First Technical Workshop on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and implications for food security and nutrition

A) Agenda

B) Participants List

C) Guidance Note