CSM Public Briefing | 25 March 2021

The Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism for relation with the CFS 

kindly invites to a Virtual Public Briefing: 

“Priorities and Key Messages to the upcoming CFS Negotiations 
on Agroecological and other Innovative Approaches”

Thursday,  25 March, 13:15-14:15h CET

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CSM Letter to the CFS Chair on the UN Food Systems Summit

CSM Letter to the CFS Chair on Food Systems Summit Add your organisation’s signature Download the letter   Amb. Thanawat Tiensin Chair, UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS)                                                                                                                       Rome, 9 February 2021 Dear Chair, Kind regards from the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism for relations with the CFS. We would like to continue our dialogue with you on the Food Systems Summit. We highly appreciate that you have been truly open and interested in listening to our growing concerns regarding the Summit process since you commenced your mandate as Chair of CFS in October 2019. We also acknowledge that you conveyed our key concerns to the Special Envoy and the Food Systems Summit Secretariat, including in the context of the exchange of letters between the CFS and FSS in November 2020. We will not repeat the concerns expressed in earlier occasions, such as through the Open Call of Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ organizations to respond to the FSS, as presented during the CFS Special event in October 2020, and the CSM Statement to the CFS Bureau and Advisory Group meeting in November 2020. These criticisms continue to be valid, particularly regarding the worries about undue corporate influence in the Summit preparation; the missing human rights grounding; the lack of emphasis on the true extent of the transformation that the corporate food systems need to undergo to re-align with the utmost imperatives of people, peoples and planet; the threat of democratic public institutions and inclusive multilateralism being undermined by multistakeholderism. In this letter, we would like to respond to the question on the conditions under which the CSM could be involved in the Summit process. As we have said on previous occasions: the CSM cannot jump onto a train that is heading in the wrong direction. Therefore, the general conditions for our possible involvement relate to whether the leading decision-making bodies of the Summit are willing to seriously address our deep concerns through a substantial and radical re-direction of the Summit’s current course. In this respect, it is essential that critical progress takes place in the following domains: Shifting away from corporate capture and re-grounding in individual and collective Human Rights and the experiences and knowledge of the people and Indigenous Peoples most affected: The UN Secretary General should finally accept the request for a meeting with social movements and Indigenous Peoples’ leaders on the

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CFS AG and Bureau meeting 4 March 2021

4 March 2021 CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting This meeting addressed the following topics: a) feedback and assessment on the past CFS 47th Plenary Session; b) draft agenda of the next extraordinary CFS Plenary Session of 4th June 2021; c) CFS contribution to the HLPF; d) the monitoring process for the CFS policy recommendations on Climate and Water to be addressed by CFS 48th Plenary Session in October; e) the intercessional events on Data and Inequalities foreseen in the MYPoW to be scheduled during 2021; f) Advisory Group reporting exercise; e) a CFS secretariat proposal on the impact assessment of CFS policy work.

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HLPE e-consultation on the scope of the Report on Data

Data collection and analysis tools for food security and nutrition HLPE e-consultation on the Report’s scope Deadline 21 March 2021 CSM is launching a call for a new Working Group on Data. If you are interested please write to the CSM Secretariat!   During its 46th Plenary Session (14-18 October 2019), the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) adopted its four-year Programme of Work (MYPoW 2020-2023), which includes a request to the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (CFS-HLPE) to produce a report on “Data collection and analysis tools” for food security and nutrition, to be presented at the 50th Plenary session of the CFS in October 2022 (to access the MYPoW, please click here). The report, which will provide recommendations to the CFS workstream “Data collection and analysis tools”, will: Identify the barriers impeding quality data collection, analysis, and use in decision-making; Identify specific high priority gaps in data production and analysis not covered by ongoing initiatives; Highlight the benefits of using data and the opportunity costs of not using data for decisions; Illustrate initiatives that have encouraged evidence-based decisions in agriculture and food security across the public, private, and academic sectors as well as approaches that have not worked; Provide insights into how to ensure data collection and its utilization give voice to the people most affected by policies stemming from that data, including farmers and other food producers. To implement this CFS request, the HLPE is launching an open e-consultation to seek views and comments on the following scope and building blocks of the report, outlined below. Please note that in parallel to this scoping consultation, the HLPE is calling for interested experts to candidate to the Project Team for this report. The call for candidature is open until 28 February 2021. Read more here. Draft scope of the HLPE Report on “Data collection and analysis tools for food security and nutrition” proposed by the HLPE’s Steering Committee “Although it is widely recognized that sound decisions are based on good information and data, in many countries, particularly low and lower middle-income countries, the availability of timely and reliable rural, agricultural and food security statistics is largely lacking. Despite all efforts, most of these countries still do not conduct regular household and farm surveys, do not meet the minimum data requirements, lack sustainable data systems, and have insufficient capacity to analyze and use the data at their disposal.

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