During its 46th plenary session (14–18 October 2019), the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) adopted its four-year political agenda the  Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPoW 2020-2023), which includes a request to the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to produce a report on “Reducing inequalities for food security and nutrition”, which will be discussed at the 51st plenary session of the CFS in October 2023.

As described in the MYPoW, the primary objective of the CFS workstream is to produce policy guidance on Reducing Inequalities in Food Security and Nutrition. The MYPoW suggests focusing on the following questions:

  • How can the reduction of global, regional, and national inequalities in income and access to resources foster sustainable economic and social transformation and improve Food Security and Nutrition (FSN)?
  • What are the interlinkages between current food systems and inequalities and how can transitioning to context-specific sustainable food systems reduce inequalities? In what dimensions?
  • Which pathways should be considered?
  • What is the role of the global governance of FSN in reducing inequalities?
  • How can the reduction of inequalities through sustainable food systems and better FSN contribute to conflict prevention, peace building, and decrease migration problems?
  • How can gender mainstreaming and youth employment programmes in the food and agriculture sector and rural areas contribute to social justice and better FSN?

The CSIPM working group on inequalities provides a space to scrutinize how people are made poor, vulnerable, and marginalized within and beyond the food systems and to unravel how inequality is produced, reproduced, and perpetuated through the existing governance structures. 

Through the inequality framework, we get the unique opportunity to bring back and re-emphasize the past workstreams on women and gender diversity, youth engagement, agroecology, food system and nutrition, protracted crisis, food loss and waste, land tenure, social protection and reiterate our political demands and understanding of the machinery of inequalities. 


Dee Woods | Landworkers Alliance UK, United Kingdom 


Fairouz Gazdallah | Oxfam, Belgium 

Lena Basserman | TMG, Germany

Aliza Lauter | CARE, United States

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Promoting youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems HLPE consultation on the V0 draft of the report   During its 46th Plenary Session (14 – 18 October 2019), the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) requested its High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to produce a report entitled “Promoting youth engagement and employment in agricultur...

The CSM Youth working group collectively analyzed the current moment in world history. We present this urgent message to the CFS and Member States: now is the time to transform. Now is the time for a Just Transition away from the extractive economy of capitalism. Our social movements and civil society organizations oppose corporate control over food and agricultural systems. From the essential ba...

Gender, COVID-19 and Food Systems: impacts, community responses and feminist policy demands DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE! This publication is a report of the CSM Women’s Working Group. It was authored by Jessica Duncan and Priscilla Claeys in consultation with the Women’s Working Group.  “We won’t go back to normality, because normality was the problem.” With this sentence projected on the ...

Protecting our rights and enabling our agency for the present and future of our health, societies, cultures, knowledges and ecosystems DOWNLOAD THE POLICY DECLARATION HERE CSM Youth Working Group October 2020  Covid-19 and the responses of governments are having devastating impacts on young people and our communities around the globe. We are experiencing the combined impacts of an acute health cr...

Promoting youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems. E-consultation on the Report’s scope, proposed by the HLPE Steering Committee Deadline 19 of January 2020 Visit CSM Youth Page to see how to engage! During its 46th Plenary Session (14 – 18 October 2019), the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) requested its High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrit...

15 October 2019 CSM Statement at CFS 46 on the International Day of Rural Women Delivered on behalf of CSM by Silvia Dywili, World March of Women, Mozambique It is shocking that 820 million people are living with hunger, majority of them being women in every region. We believe that the current global food system builds on and perpetuates gender-based discrimination and the violation of women’s r...

CSM side event @CFS 46 The impact of extractivism on women’s right to food and the struggle for a just transition Addressing root causes of violence against women and the way ahead for concrete solutions towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda 17 October 2019 08.30 - 10.00 Iran room DOWNLOAD THE FLYER SUMMARY OF THE SIDE EVENT Panelists: Samantha Hargreaves - WoMin (South Africa) Chaturika S...

CSM Side Event @CFS 46 The future of food and the visions of the youth: “We don’t inherit land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children” (Native American Saying) 18 October 2019 08.30 - 10.00 Iraq Room DOWNLOAD THE FLYER SUMMARY OF THE SIDE EVENT Panelists: Hilal Elver - UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Luis Fernando Ceciliano - Alternate Permanent Representative of Costa...

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 Nut...


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