CSM Paper on Feminism and Agroecology!

An input and vision paper of the CSM Working Group of Women Without feminism there is no agroecology! Towards healthy, sustainable and just food systems August 2019   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. DOWNLOAD AND READ THE PAPER HERE!

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CSM Information Session 19 September 2019

Invitation for a CSM Informational Meeting: Sharing Views in Preparation of CFS 46  Thursday, 19 September, 9:30-11:30h, FAO Mexico Room  Download the invitation! We kindly invite members and participants of the CFS to join us for an informational meeting in which we would like to present and share with you views on topics on the CFS 46 Plenary agenda.   The meeting is open to members and participants of the CFS. Languages: English and Spanish.  

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CFS Meeting on Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition

CFS Meeting on Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition – 17 September 2019 CSM Key points to the event! Video of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver Presentation by Dr. Bambang Supriyanto, Director General of Social Forestry and Environmental Partnership, Indonesia Presentation by CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) The CFS Event that will take place on 17 September 2019 was strongly requested by the CSM when the CFS Policy Recommendations on Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition were endorsed after a policy convergence process in October 2017. CSM Working Group felt that not enough time was dedicated, during the policy debates and negotiation process, to the impact on Right to Food and FSN of tree plantations. CSM highlighted that plantations should not be considered as Forests as their impact are far from being positive for  Forests communities. Read here CSM Statement of October 2017 and here CSM vision that informed CSM positions during the Policy convergence process. Two years after the endorsement of CFS Policy Recommendation this CFS event is finally taking place, even if reduced to a three-hour event, with no interpretation and without any concrete policy outcome of follow-up. Please find below CFS Concept Note and Agenda of the event. CFS Concept Note and Agenda BACKGROUND The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at its 44thSession in 2017, endorsed a set of policy recommendations on Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition which were elaborated around the main findings of a detailed report of the CFS High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE). These policy recommendations highlight the key role of forests and trees in ensuring food security and nutrition by contributing to dietary quality and diversity, serving as a safety net in periods of food scarcity, generating income for local people, and providing essential ecosystem services for agriculture. They also note that land degradation and global deforestation, caused mainly by agriculture, driven by increased demand, – adversely impact the environment and ecosystems that ground the livelihoods of indigenous peoples, local communities, and smallholders and agriculture as a whole. CFS stakeholders thus stressed that sustainable agriculture and food security and nutrition cannot be achieved at the expense of forests, and that actions should be taken to promote better coordination of land use policies and strengthen sustainable management of forests. Specific attention was paid to the need to

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The new SOFI Report is available online

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 Key Messages from SOFI 2019 15 July 2019 (New York) Flyer – Full Report – In brief – Digital Report After decades of steady decline, the trend in world hunger – as measured by the prevalence of undernourishment – reverted in 2015, remaining virtually unchanged in the past three years at a level slightly below 11 percent. Meanwhile, the number of people who suffer from hunger has slowly increased. As a result, more than 820 million people in the world were still hungry in 2018, underscoring the immense challenge of achieving the Zero Hunger target by 2030. Hunger is on the rise in almost all African subregions, making Africa the region with the highest prevalence of undernourishment, at almost 20 percent. Hunger is also slowly rising in Latin America and the Caribbean, although its prevalence is still below 7 percent. In Asia, Western Asia shows a continuous increase since 2010, with more than 12 percent of its population undernourished today. This year’s report introduces a second indicator for monitoring SDG Target 2.1: the Prevalence of Moderate or Severe Food Insecurity based on the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES). While severe food insecurity is associated with the concept of hunger, people experiencing moderate food insecurity face uncertainties about their ability to obtain food, and have been forced to compromise on the quality and/or quantity of the food they consume Considering all people in the world affected by moderate levels of food insecurity together with those who suffer from hunger, it is estimated that over 2 billion people do not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food, including 8 percent of the population in Northern America and Europe. One in seven newborns, or 20.5 million babies globally, suffered from low birthweight in 2015; no progress has been made in reducing low birthweight since 2012. The number of children under five years in the world affected by stunting, by contrast, has decreased by 10 percent in the past six years. However, with 149 million children still stunted, the pace of progress is too slow to meet the 2030 target of halving the number of stunted children. Overweight and obesity continue to increase in all regions, particularly among school-age children and adults. In 2018, an estimated 40 million children under five were overweight. In 2016, 131 million children 5–9 years old, 207 million adolescents

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HLPE full Report on Agroecology and other innovations

High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition Agroecological and other innovative approaches for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition Read the Full Report (Translations will be available on 2nd September 2019) Summary and Recommendations Summary and Recommendations are also available in Arabic, Russian and Chinese  SUMMARY Food systems are at a crossroads. Profound transformation is needed to address Agenda 2030 and to achieve food security and nutrition (FSN) in its four dimensions of availability, access, utilization and stability, and to face multidimensional and complex challenges, including a growing world population, urbanization and climate change, which drive increased pressure on natural resources, impacting land, water and biodiversity. This need has been illustrated from various perspectives in previous HLPE reports and is now widely recognized. This transformation will profoundly affect what people eat, as well as how food is produced, processed, transported and sold. In this context, in October 2017, the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) requested its High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on FSN to produce a report on “Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition” to inform its discussions during the Forty-sixth CFS Plenary Session in October 2019. In this report, the HLPE explores the nature and potential contributions of agroecological and other innovative approaches to formulating transitions towards sustainable food systems (SFSs) that enhance FSN. The HLPE adopts a dynamic, multiscale perspective, focusing on the concepts of transition and transformation. Many transitions need to occur in particular production systems and across the food 1 HLPE. 2019. Agroecological and other innovative approaches for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition. A report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the Committee on World Food Security, Rome 2019. Full report forthcoming at www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-hlpe. HLPE Report on Agroecological and other innovative approaches for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition. Extract from the Report: Summary and Recommendations (19 June 2019) value chain to achieve major transformation of whole food systems. Both incremental transitions at small scales and structural changes to institutions and norms at larger scales need to take place in a coordinated and integrated way in order to achieve the desired transformation of the global food system. As highlighted by the HLPE (2016), transition pathways combine

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CSM Annual Report 2017/2018

CSM Annual Report 2017//2018 Download the Full Report here! The period 2017/2018 was a quite intense year for the CSM. This Annual Report provides an overview on the CSM engagement with all CFS Policy Processes during the period September 2017- October 2018 and shares a summary of key political messages towards CFS 45. As in previous years, the report also comprises an overview of CSM on the use, application and monitoring of CFS policy outcomes, and a summary of the Coordination Committee (CC) discussions and decisions in the reporting period. It concludes with the financial picture for 2017/18 and an outlook for 2019. This report was submitted for consideration of the CSM Coordination Committee meeting and the CSM Forum in October 2018, as part of the reporting and accountability procedures in the CSM. The report was revised and updated after these CSM meetings and the CFS 45. There are many elements that would be worthwhile highlighting in this introduction. Here, it might be good to choose just one of them: the CSM Coordination Committee discussed and agreed at its meeting in July 2018 on a name amendment to the CSM, as it was suggested by the Indigenous Peoples’ constituency in September 2017. The name’s amendment was unanimously ratified by the CSM Coordination Committee during its meeting in October and shared with and welcomed by the CSM Forum through a very inspiring and collective ceremony of celebration. The full name of the CSM is from now on: “Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSM) for relations with the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS)”.It was an important exercise for the CSM Coordination Committee to come to this amendment by consensus, as it involved a deep exchange, increased mutual understanding and full acknowledgment of the long-standing and ongoing struggles of indigenous peoples for being recognized in their identities as indigenous peoples.

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CSM Public Briefing on CFS VG on Nutrition and Food Systems

CSM kindly invites you to a Public Briefing  Priorities and Perspectives of Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ organizations towards the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition Date and Venue: Thursday, 7 March,  14:00-15:30, Mexico Room, FAO HQ Delegates from the CSM Working Group on Food Systems and Nutrition will present their main expectations and priorities for the process on the Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition, from the perspectives of smallholder and family farmers, fisherfolks, indigenous peoples, consumers, women and other civil society groups. The public briefing will count with the participation of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, and provide space for dialogue and discussion among participants. The event is open to all members and participants of the CFS  and staff of the Rome-based Agencies.   Interpretation will be provided to English and Spanish. Download the flyer here

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Call for inputs to monitor the use and application of CFS Policy Recommendations 2019

Call for inputs to monitor the use and application of CFS Policy Recommendations 2019 With the recent adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other people working in Rural Areas and the foreseen start of the UN International Decade on Family Farming, 2019 will be an important year for setting a clear advocacy agenda for public policies that support small-scale food producers. The monitoring exercise taking place within the CFS is an important contribution to this agenda, creating the possibility to reflect on the challenges, as well as the needed public policies that support small-scale food producers and the right to food. As part of the incremental development of the CFS Monitoring Mechanism, in 2019 for the first time the CFS will make efforts towards monitoring the use and implementation of ‘Policy Recommendations’ as distinct from ‘major outcomes’ like the Tenure Guidelines. As a pilot exercise, the CFS will focus on policy recommendations that support investment and development in smallholders, including: 1: Investing in Smallholder Agriculture for Food Security and Nutrition (endorsed in 2013) 2: Connecting Smallholders to Markets (endorsed in 2016) 3: Sustainable Agricultural Development for Food Security and Nutrition: What Roles for Livestock? (endorsed in 2016) These recommendations are the outcomes of negotiations in which civil society invested a lot of effort and won some important points. ‘Investing in Smallholder Agriculture for FSN’ acknowledges that small-scale producers are responsible for the bulk of the food consumed in the world and for most investment in agriculture and urges governments to develop coherent policy packages in support of smallholder agriculture, with the participation of producers and other actors. ‘Connecting Smallholders to Markets’ unveils the reality that most food transits not through global value chains but through territorial markets rooted in local, national and regional food systems.  It recommends filling the data gap on territorial markets, which are not targeted in official data collection, and developing appropriate public policies to support them. The recommendations on ‘Sustainable Agricultural Development for FSN: What roles for Livestock’ recognize the existence of different livestock systems with significantly different impact on the livelihoods and ecological foundations of their respective communities and chart pathways for their sustainable transformation, while acknowledging the specificities and contribution of pastoral systems. The outcome of the exercise will be shared in a three-hour session during CFS 46 in October 2019. It will focus on how smallholders have benefitted, or are expected to benefit, from these

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CFS Chair’s letter on the situation of Yemen

Rome, 7 January 2019 Excellency, The devastation and terrible suffering caused by the armed conflict in Yemen is a matter of great concern. Conflict, economic collapse, and rising food prices are continuing to push the civilian population into hunger and malnutrition. As Chairperson of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the United Nations (UN) platform that strives for a world free from hunger, I cannot remain silent while 20 million Yemenis are food insecure, including 1.8 million acutely malnourished children. Unless urgent action is taken, a whole generation of Yemenis is at risk. I am writing to strongly urge you to take immediate action to keep the international pledge to protect the civilians of Yemen from further devastation, to relieve them from their suffering and to prevent further damage to their livelihoods. The latest report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World shows that hunger and malnutrition are mainly driven by man-made conflicts and the consequences of climate change. The on-going conflict in Yemen is disrupting food systems and livelihoods, while preventing humanitarian assistance from getting through to those in need. As I write, three out of four Yemenis cannot reliably produce or buy food. I wish to join UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, in calling on all those with involvement or influence in the Yemeni conflict to allow and facilitate the rapid and unimpeded passage of food and other humanitarian relief, and to refrain from taking actions that would deprive civilians of their access to life saving food, water, and health care. The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) is coordinating emergency and relief responses, including the provision of health care to 8 million people in Yemen. Additionally, more than 7 million receive food aid and a similar number is given clean water and sanitation support. I urge all CFS stakeholders, the whole UN System and the international community at large, to do everything they can to coordinate efforts while supporting IASC in mobilizing the necessary resources so that emergency and relief activities can meet the needs of the population of Yemen. In addition to saving lives and meeting immediate needs through emergency humanitarian responses, we need to start planning for longer-term assistance to support recovery, build resilience and promote sustainable socio-economic development in a post- conflict Yemen. CFS has created policy recommendations that can be put to use in this juncture, especially

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