An overview of the year 2023

The year 2023 marks the end of a four-year work program of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), 2020-2023. An unprecedented pandemic, horrific wars, and catastrophic effects of accelerating climate, biodiversity, and land degradation crises have exacerbated the structural causes of hunger and malnutrition, deepened inequalities within and among countries, consolidated systemic discrimination and exclusion, and allowed for increased levels of corporate concentration and impunity in food systems and societies. 

The CFS continues to be a global platform where all these topics, tensions, and developments are brought up, often leading to controversial discussions. On the other hand, the CFS negotiated and approved policy outcomes that tackle fundamental issues of relevance for the social groups and countries most at risk, and provide at least partial guidance for directing food systems transformation into a new direction: towards more appreciation and support of small-scale food producers, more respect of women’s and Indigenous Peoples‘ rights, more solidarity and social, economic and ecological justice.

The CSIPM has participated and made significant contributions to these processes, through the voices of its constituencies and its policy working groups. On global food security and the realisation of the right to adequate food, the world is far away from where it should be. The communities and organisations participating in the CSIPM will continue their struggles and strategies of proactive, creative, and constructive resistance at all levels, engaging for a profound transformation and democratisation of food systems. Giving up is not an option.

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