“We call on our fellow peoples to join us in the collective task of collectively constructing Agroecology as part of our popular struggles to build a better world, a world based on mutual respect,
social justice, equity, solidarity and harmony with our Mother Earth”
Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology

Nyéléni, Mali, 27 February 2015

The Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSM) fought to ensure agroecology could be tabled as one of the policy priorities of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) for more than six years. In 2017, at its 44th Plenary Session, the CFS decided to include a workstream on Agroecological and other innovative approaches in its workplan. The CSM warmly welcomed the start of a collective process to reflect on and contribute to this very important policy formulation process. In fact, for all CSM’s eleven constituencies, agroecology is at the core of their daily work, life, as well as the vision of framing a sustainable and human rights-centered food system.

The controversial nature of this policy workstream was clear since its beginnings. The very same title of the policy recommendation, which includes “other innovative approaches” besides agroecology, became highly controversial. A report was published by the High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) in July of 2019 as a basis for the policy convergence process.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the process was delayed and finalized only in May 2021 after a final round of 111 hours of virtual negotiations. An extraordinary one-day CFS Plenary Session took place in June to adopt the Policy Recommendations. During the session, CSM stated that it was not able to announce its formal position on the final document. The CSM Agroecology Working Group is currently engaged in an internal assessment exercise to decide whether to endorse the recommendations.

In its declaration, CSM expressed the profound disappoint and concern of its constituencies, who realized they had to struggle for language on human rights, women’s rights and the rights of peasants and people working in rural areas to be included in the policy recommendations. This, even though this language had already been agreed in previous CFS texts. The CFS was reformed with the mandate to achieve the progressive realization of the right to food. In contrast to this critical principle, the Agroecology working group witnessed the failure of CFS to assume the interconnection of the right to food with the rights of women and those who produce most of the food. The declaration also recalled how CFS is the space where these rights should be celebrated and where these rights should inform all its policy outcomes. The fact that this is not happening is of serious concern, both now and for the future of the CFS.

Moreover, agroecology constitutes a way out from dependence on external inputs. The fact that these recommendations encourage the optimization of the use and risk of pesticides undermines not only CSM’s goals and advocacy efforts, but also, and most importantly, the health, livelihoods and survival of peasant and family farmers, Indigenous Peoples, agricultural workers, and other small-scale food producers that have practiced agroecology for centuries. These policy recommendations also contradict existing UN agreements, policy frameworks and agreed guidelines regarding pesticides and chemicals management. Furthermore, it blocks the aspirations of a number of CFS member states to transition fully to agroecology, moving away from the harmful chemical dependencies that interfere with the human rights to health and healthy ecosystems.

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CFS Policy Recommendations on Agrecological and other innovative approaches for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition Draft One  Draft One will be available in all six FAO languages by the end of July 2020. While time will not allow for the preparation of a revised version, CFS members and participants are encouraged to send their written feedback b...
Zero Draft  CFS Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and other innovative approaches for sustainable food systems that ensure food security and nutrition  Download the Zero draft here Also available in all UN languages:  ES|FR|AR|RU|CH The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for “bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world on to a sustainable and...
Zero Draft of the CFS Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and other innovative approaches Download the zero draft here! More information here! This Zero Draft, prepared with the support of a Technical Consultant and the Technical Focal Points nominated by FAO, IFAD, WFP and the Alliance Bioversity-CIAT, incorporates:  i) feedback on the Rapporteur's Note discussed in an Open Meeting on 27 Ja...
CSM Inputs for the CFS policy convergence process on “Agroecological and other innovative approaches for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition” 6 December 2019 Download the input here! This document conveys the comments of the Agroecology Working Group of the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSM) for relations with the CFS on the po...
CSM Side Event @CFS 46 Re-think and Re-shaping Food Systems through Agroecology! CFS Policy Convergence process on Agroecology and Food Systems and Nutrition as the key opportunity to chart the transition to a truly sustainable future 15 October 2019 18.00 - 19.30 Iraq Room DOWNLOAD THE FLYER SUMMARY OF THE SIDE EVENT Panelists: Victor Suarez - Undersecretary of Agriculture, Mexico Iridiani Seiber...
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...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffcUSzBREyk&feature=youtu.be In this video, Elene Shatberashvili, from Biological Farmer Association Elkana and La Via Campesina, Georgia, talks about the need to restructure foods systems, not only in its productive dimension, but in its broader sense. Agroecology, she says, is an alternative solution which can address the issue of hunger and malnutrition.
HLPE Report on Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition eConsultation on the V0 Draft During its 44th Plenary Session (9-13 October 2017), the CFS requested the HLPE toproduce a report on “Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food secur...
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