Outcomes of the CFS Forum on Women’s Empowerment

For more information on this process click here Chair’s Summary of the Forum:  (Photo credits FAO) CFS Forum on Women’s Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition – Chair’s Summary with Draft Outcomes Gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment are central to achieving the CFS vision of fostering the progressive realization of the right to adequate food, achieving food security for all, by raising levels of nutrition, improving agricultural productivity and natural resource management, and improving the lives of people in rural areas with full and equitable participation in decision-making. Without achieving gender equality, the full realisation of, women’s rights and women’s economic, social and political empowerment, especially for rural women, food security and nutrition will not be achieved. The focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment is explicit across all the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), both as a stand-alone goal – SDG 5 – and throughout the Agenda 2030. The objective of the CFS Forum on Women’s Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition (the ‘Forum’) was to discuss the challenges that remain in realizing women’s empowerment, and to promote a shared understanding of how they are evolving in the context of food security and nutrition. The morning session focused on identifying emerging challenges and persisting barriers to women’s empowerment and on legal and policy instruments intended to overcome them. The key messages that emerged from the discussions are synthesized in the following points: (a) The role of women as knowledge bearers and agents of transformation towards more sustainable production systems, including agroecology; (b) The importance of self-association and the role of social movements to promote women’s empowerment, gender equality and women’s rights through women’s leadership and equal participation in decision-making at all levels; (c) The importance of eradicating gender stereotypes and structural discrimination as a pre-condition to address power imbalances; (d) The need to expand the concept of gender disaggregated data beyond statistics and incorporate women’s real life experiences; (e) The importance of recognizing women’s unpaid care and productive work; (f) The importance of political will to foster a cultural change towards the full realization of women’s rights; (g) The need to implement, monitor and adequately resource through gender budgeting the existing normative frameworks as the major contribution to advancing women’s empowerment, women’s rights and gender equality and eliminating all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls; (h) The importance

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ETC and CSM Webinar

THE FUTURE SHAPE OF THE FOOD CHAIN  Update on Agribusiness Mega-Mergers and Food Security CSM and ETC Group Webinar for Delegates from Permanent Representations to the UN in Rome and Staff or RBAs. 60-minute webinar led by Pat Mooney, Neth Daño and Joana Chelo of ETC Group. Last Year at CFS 43, we alerted delegates to the three mega-mergers taking place in the agricultural input sector: Dow-Dupont, ChemChina-Syngenta and Bayer-Monsanto. The increased consolidation in the US$97 billion commercial seeds and agrochemical market is part of a larger trend of consolidation all along the Food Chain. This Webinar will provide updates and foresight on ongoing corporate mergers and acquisitions all along the Food Chain, from giant seed and agrochemical companies to a handful of even bigger fertilizer and farm machinery companies. It will answer the questions: Where will these mergers end up? Who will control the Food Chain? What does this mean for Food Security? JOIN US September 21 12:00-13:00 (CESTime) RSVP click here   or send an email to cso4cfs@gmail.com Download Flyer here

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CSM Informational Meeting 19 September 2017

The CSM Working Group on Forestry kindly invites you to a CSM Informational Meeting A win-win for the Right to Food, livelihoods and the environment CSM proposals for Forestry and FSN 19 September 2017 14.00-15.30 German Room The event is open to all members, participants and observers of the CFS, and staff members of the Rome-based Agencies. Download the Flyer!

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Latest News on the Process for the CFS Plan of Action for the Evaluation!

CFS Evaluation Background information The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) commissioned an independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the CFS reforms that were initiated in 2009. In October 2013 at its Fortieth Session, the Committee endorsed the recommendation to conduct periodic assessments of CFS effectiveness in improving policy frameworks, especially at country level, and in promoting participation of and coherence among stakeholders on food security and nutrition. At the same session, the Committee decided that an evaluation of the progress of the reforms should be conducted including progress made towards the overall objective of the CFS and its three outcomes. The purpose of the evaluation as set out in the Concept Note endorsed by the Bureau of the CFS is to: Produce evidence regarding whether CFS, as a multi stakeholder forum, is achieving the vision outlined in the Reform Documents and its expected outcomes; Assess the extent to which CFS is performing its roles outlined in the Reform Document, efficiently and effectively, and if so, with what impact; Review the working arrangements, including the multi-year programme of work of CFS in order to assess how the decision-making processes and planning may be impacting effectiveness; Propose forward-looking recommendations to enable CFS to respond effectively to the emerging food security and nutrition challenges, to further strengthen it comparative advantages and to enhance its leadership role in improving global food security and nutrition; and Generate learning regarding multi-stakeholder collaboration, to which the CFS represents a possible model to be replicated.   Process 2017 [content_timeline id=”36″] 26 and 28 July Global discussions on the CFS Evaluation Plan of Action (Recommendations 4,8 and 9) Agenda Draft Plan of Action 20 July  CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting Revised draft Consultation Report Preliminary CSM Contributions 11 and 14 of July Global discussions on the CFS Evaluation Plan of Action Draft Agendas 11 and 14 of July Draft consultation report that presents the results of the consultation process conducted in June-September 2017 for the preparation of the evaluation plan of action leading up to CFS 44 with the responses to the evaluation recommendations that are planned for submission at CFS 44 The draft Roadmap for the preparation of the Plan of Action_30 June 2017 that presents the strategy to prepare the responses to the evaluation recommendations that are not planned to be presented at CFS 44 The categorization of the recommendations, according to whether they are:

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CFS response to worsening food security situation in the world

CFS response to worsening food security situation in the world 8 January 2019 CFS Chair letter on the situation in Yemen 9 October 2017 CSM opening statement on famines and food crisis at CFS 44th Plenary Session 17 May 2017 CFS Chair letter to all CFS Stakeholders regarding the impending famines in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen CFS Video Message 3 May 2017 CFS Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting CSM Contribution to the Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting of 3 May on this topic Outcomes of the extraordinary meeting of 12 April 12 April 2017 CSM contribution to the extraordinary meeting of the Advisory Group and Bureau called by the CFS Chair “CFS response to worsening food security situation in the world” CSM shares deep concern about the worsening food-security and nutrition situation in several countries, particularly the food and nutrition emergencies in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and northern Nigeria. According to the UN, these might lead to a humanitarian catastrophe in the coming months, threatening more than 20 million people with famine, and with high risks to many more people in several other countries as well. All told, at the beginning of 2017, the number of people in acute hunger requiring live saving food assistance is 108 million, a 35% increase from 2015. We welcome the initiative of the CFS Chair for this extraordinary meeting of the CFS Bureau and Advisory Group, and believe that this could develop the common understanding needed to take joint action by the CFS. Certainly, the CFS cannot be silent in such situations. The CFS is not an operative body for humanitarian response and cannot contribute much on the operational level. However, the CFS is the foremost inclusive intergovernmental and international platform on food security and nutrition, and CFS can—and must—make its substantial contribution in line with its mandate. The humanitarian and development actors in the bureaus and the field need to see a CFS response to such global urgencies having such a tremendous impact on the human right to food of millions of people. Governments and specialized international organizations must adopt all needed measures to ensure food accessibility to those who are the most affected and vulnerable. Special attention must be given to women who are even more impacted during disasters, conflicts and wars. They must be particularly supported in their critical roles in these severe crises. This moment calls for CFS to

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2nd HLPE Note on Critical and Emerging Issues

2nd HLPE Note on Critical and Emerging Issues May 2016 As requested by the Committee on World Food Security of the United Nations (CFS) on the 2nd of August 2016, the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) has produced second note on “Critical and Emerging Issues for Food Security and Nutrition”. This note will be presented during the the 44th Plenary Session of the CFS, in October 2017. This note is the result of a dedicated, extensive process, launched by the HLPE in August 2016 that involved a wide range of knowledge institutions and comprised an open public enquiry, 3 conferences co-organized with specific institutions that allowed direct interaction between different knowledge holders and political decision-makers, as well as a scientific, external peer-review on a first draft of this note. The whole process is fully transparent and detailed in the documents available at this page: The 2nd Note on Critical and Emerging Issues for Food Security and Nutrition; A Synthesis of the contributions received, outlining the objectives of the study and the methodology adopted to analyze the inputs; The full proceedings of the Enquiry The outcomes of the 3 conferences Columbia University (5 May 2016) Hohenheim University (27 September 2016) Agropolis (1 December 2016) The HLPE Steering Committee hopes that this second note will help progress towards enhanced FSN in the overall framework of the 2030 Agenda. The HLPE Steering Committee wishes to thank all the experts and the organizations/institutions who contributed to this process. December 2016 Critical and Emerging Issues Open Inquiry – 2016 Edition The deadline is postponed to the 2nd of December!!!!! The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), is launching, at the request of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) a study on critical and emerging issues in the area of food security and nutrition, to inform the work of the CFS. This work is in line with one of the key functions of the HLPE, science-policy interface of the CFS, which is to “identify emerging issues, and help members prioritize future actions and attentions on key focal areas”. By definition, emerging issues are challenging to identify. This is why the HLPE seeks to involve very largely the scientific and knowledge community by requesting this community, in its wide diversity, to provide documented inputs on those issues which are considered critical and emerging for

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“Bringing home the results from Rome”. Strengthening the use and application of CFS policy outcomes

The Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to FAO and other International Organizations in Rome and The Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) for relations with the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Kindly invite you to the following event “Bringing home the results from Rome” Strengthening the use and application of CFS Policy Outcomes Sheikh Zayed Centre, FAO HQs 9.30 – 12.30 6 April 2017 The event will be held in English and Spanish The event is open to all members, participants and observers to the CFS and Staff of the Rome‐based Agencies Download the Flyer!   Download the Concept Note! The objectives of the event are to: discuss key aspects and specific proposals for improving the use and application of CFS policy outcomes; play a catalytic role in a participatory and inclusive discussion toward a better use and application of CFS policy outcomes; encourage the promotion of national monitoring events as part of the efforts for a better use and application of CFS policy outcomes. Agenda   9:30 – 9:45 Opening • Ambassador Amira Gornass, CFS Chair and Permanent Representa7ve of Sudan • Ambassador Hinrich Thölken, Permanent Representative of Germany • Javier Sánchez, CSM Coordination Committee  9:45-11:30 Panel 1: Key aspects and proposals toward a better use and application of CFS outcomes • Interactive Panel with: o Ambassador Juan Rafael Mesa Zuleta, Permanent Representative of Colombia o Alberta Guerra, CSM Coordination Committee o Anna Rappazzo, FAO o Harold Liversage, IFAD o Chris Toe, WFP o Nathanael Pingault, HLPE o Barrie Bain, PSM Fishbowl discussion with Participants Moderation: Fernanda Tansini, Permanent Representation of Brazil, Chair of the CFS OEWG on GSF 11:30 – 12:15 Panel 2: Experiences and proposals regarding the promotion of national monitoring events • Presentation of experiences: o Ambassador Serge Tomasi, Permanent Representative of France o Susanne Näumann, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany • Comments from: o Ambassador Tembi Tambo, Permanent Representative of South Africa o Mariam Aljaajaa, CSM Coordination Committee Interactive Discussion with the floor Moderation: Mafizur Rahman, Permanent Representation of Bangladesh, Chair of the CFS OEWG on MYPOW 12:15-12:30 Conclusions and next steps: • Friedrich Wacker, Head of Directorate International Cooperation and World Food Affairs, Federal Ministry of Food Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany • Naseegh Jaffer, CSM Coordination Committee

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Call for Contributions on Changing Rural-Urban Dynamics!

Call for contributions On February 3rd, 2017 the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) of the CFS on Urbanization and Rural Transformation (UR&RT) adopted a “CALL FOR EXPERIENCES AND POLICY APPROACHES IN ADDRESSING FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION IN THE CONTEXT OF CHANGING RURAL-URBAN DYNAMICS”, which includes the template for submission of case studies in all UN official languages EN, ES, FR, RU, AR, CH. The aim of the CALL is to collect short summaries of experiences and policy approaches addressing food security and nutrition in the context of urbanization and rural transformation with the primary focus on rural-urban linkages. For relevant thematic areas and criteria for selection of the submissions the please refer to this link. Please note that the call does not intend to collect only successful case studies, but rather the experiences, regardless their positive results, as failed policies are food for thought and improvement in the future. The main focus should be on lessons (positive and negative) and on how gaps, obstacles and other adverse conditions (administrative, economic, political etc.) were addressed. The case studies can be submitted in all official UN languages (AR, CH, EN, ES, FR, RU), using this template and should not exceed 1000 words. In addition to using these experiences in the CFS process, as CSM we will use them to also create our own understanding of how we view rural transformation that supports the right to food and nutrition in the context of food sovereignty. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017, however as we intend to collect CSO case studies and submit them together in the name of CSM though CSM WG on Urbanization and Rural Transformation, please send your submissions before March 10 to Imogen Ebsworth at Imogen.k@gmail.com Why is it important for the CSM to contribute? The CFS lunched the work stream on urbanization and rural transformation in December 2015 and so far it was focused on the identification of the policy relevant areas for the CFS arising from urbanization and rural transformation. As a second stage the work steam wants to collect case studies reflecting the experiences in this regard. It is expected that based on the analysis of the submitted documents, the CFS will identify key messages to be discussed on the CFS 44 forum. In general the topic of the work stream is very important for the civil society as it covers food security problems related to

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The CSM Annual Report 2015-2016 is now online!

CSM Annual Report 2015-2016 This Annual Report documents the work of the CSM during the period August 2015 to August 2016, and aims to be an essential tool for the internal and external communication and accountability process. The Report 2015-2016 consists of the following parts: • Summary of CSM engagement with the CFS (2015-2016) • A civil society view on the CFS, 7 years after its reform • Reporting and Follow-Up to CFS 42 • Civil Society contributions to CFS Processes in 2016 (towards CFS 43) • Operational information on the CSM during the reporting period In October 2016, the CSM Coordination Committee and the CSM Forum considered the draft Annual Report that was then later revised and is now being published. The report shows the substantial collective work carried out by a huge number of global, regional and national social movements and civil society organizations who achieve, through participatory deliberation processes, to formulate and defend joint positions towards all complex policy processes in the CFS. Read the CSM Annual Report 2015-2016

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CSM Information Meeting 7 February 2017

The Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) to the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) would like to kindly invite you to the informational meeting:   Civil Society Priorities for CFS in 2017   7 February 2017, Mexico Room 9:30 to 12:00 pm The objective of this information meeting at the beginning of each year is to present the CSM annual report of the past year and to share with interested CFS members and participants the priorities, workplan and budget of the CSM for 2017. We are pleased that the CFS Chair, Ambassador Amira Gornass, has kindly accepted to deliver a welcome address at this meeting, which is open to all members and participants of the CFS. The languages of the meeting will be English and Spanish. We would appreciate it if you could accept this invitation and come a join us for the meeting!   Download the Agenda! Download the Flyer!

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HLPE Report Multistakeholder Partnerships

HLPE Report on Multistakeholder Partnerships to Finance and Improve Food Security and Nutrition in the Framework of the 2030 Agenda During its 43rd Plenary Session (17-21 October 2016), the CFS requested the HLPE to produce a report on “Multistakeholder Partnerships to Finance and Improve Food Security and Nutrition in the Framework of the 2030 Agenda” to be presented at CFS45 Plenary session in October 2018. As part of its report elaboration process, the HLPE is launching an e-consultation to seek views and comments on the following scope and building blocks of the report, outlined below, as proposed by the HLPE Steering Committee. Deadline for contributions 31 of January 2017. Proposed draft Scope of the HLPE Report by the HLPE Steering Committee Multistakeholder partnerships (MSPs) combine resources and expertise of different actors, which has made them attractive as a way to address complex issues that cannot easily be solved by a single actor. MSPs are identified in SDG 17 (in particular articles 17.6 and 17.7) as a central tool in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. They will be key in sharing experiences, technologies, knowledges, and in mobilising domestic and foreign, public and private resources, in line with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and with the CFS principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food systems (CFS-RAI). The report shall explore the notion of multistakeholder partnerships related to food security and nutrition, looking at both processes and outcomes. The report shall assess the effectiveness of MSPs in realizing their objectives, in financing and improving FSN outcomes, as well as their contribution to the governance of food systems. The report shall suggest methods to map the different categories of MSPs, and criteria to assess them against the objective of improving their contribution to FSN in the framework of the 2030 Agenda. The report shall address the following questions: Who are the stakeholders in food security and nutrition? What are the interests and motivations of each stakeholder? How to attract and retain partners? What are their various levels of responsibility? How to define “multistakeholder partnership” for food security and nutrition? What are the existing types of partnerships for financing and improving food security and nutrition? What are the tensions between the nature of these stakeholders and the functions of the partnerships? What are the goals, effectiveness, impact and performance of various forms of MSPs in reaching FSN objectives, in the context of the 2030 Agenda? What criteria,

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