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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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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Upcoming CFS AG and Bureau meeting 4 March 2021

CSM Contributions to the CFS Joint Meetings of the Advisory Group and Bureau 2020-2021   4 March 2021 CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting This meeting will address 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 . As announced by the CFS Chair in January, all AG and Bureau meetings will be open with brief reporting from RBAs on their current work. This time the opening briefing will be dedicate to fisheries and COFI activities of FAO. CSM Contributions to the meeting CFS Bureau Outcomes Background documents: Provisional Agenda CFS 48 Provisional agenda Draft CFS input to HLPF Monitoring of CFS policy recommendations on Water and Climate Impact assessment of CFS Policy work Advisory Group reporting exercise Read here CSM contribution to the Advisory Group reporting exercise   11 January 2021 CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting This meeting aims at finalising the preparations of the upcoming CFS 47th Plenary Session, scheduled to take place from 8 to 11 of February 2021. The meeting also includes one agenda item related to CFS workstreams updates and the upcoming CFS contribution to the HLPF 2021 focused on COVID-19. CSM Contributions to the meeting CFS Bureau Outcomes Background documents: Draft Agenda CFS 47 Annotated agenda and timetable Workstreams Update CFS Contribution to HLPF 2021     23 November 2020 CFS Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting  This is the last Advisory Group and Bureau meeting foreseen before the end of the year. Its agenda is very substantial as it needs to address the preparation of the next CFS 47th Plenary Session of February 2021. Plenary’s timetable and annotated agenda will be up for discussion, as well as the different draft decisions boxes of the items that the Plenary is expected to endorse, including a revised version of the rolling section of the MYPoW, related to the order of sequence of the two workstreams agreed of inequalities and data. Moreover CFS 47th side events and

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CSM Plenary Statements @CFS 47

CSM Plenary Statements at CFS 47th Plenary Session     On Food security and nutrition: building a global narrative towards 2030 | 8 February 2021  Alberto Broch | COPROFAM  CSM Global Food Governance WG Nicole Yanes | IITC  CSM Youth Working Group  Kirtana Chandresekaran | FoEI CSM Global Food Governance WG     Watch the video here! Read the statement here! Watch the video here! Read the statement here! Watch the video here! Read the statement here!   Global Thematic Event: Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crisis | 9 February 2021  Ahmed Sourani | GUPAP  CSM Coordination Committee  Mariam Aljaajaa | APN CSM Protracted Crisis WG Watch the video here! Read the statement here! Watch the video here! Read the statement here!   CFS Multi-year Programme of Work (MYPoW) | 9 February 2021  Jessie McInnis | NFU – LVC CSM Youth Working Group Miriam Nobre | World March of Women CSM Women’s Working Group Watch the video here! Read the statement here! Watch the video here! Read the statement here!     Endorsement and uptake of the Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition | 10 February 2021 Shalmali Guttal | Focus on the Global South CSM Food Systems and Nutrition WG Isabel Álvarez Vispo | Urgenci CSM Food Systems and Nutrition WG  Hamadi  Mohamed Abba | ADJMOR CSM Food Systems and Nutrition WG Read the three statements here! *Shalmali Guttal’s intervention was delivered during CSM Policy Briefing Watch the videos: Isabel Álvarez Vispo | Stefano Prato | Hamadi Mohamed Abba     Special Session: “Impacts of CFS Policy Products on Country-level Food Security and Nutrition and COVID Recovery”  | 11 February 2021  Nora McKeon | Terra Nuova CSM Global Food Governance Nzira de Deus | World March of Women CSM Youth Working Group Watch the video here! Read the statement here! Watch the video here! Read the statement here!      

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