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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