The Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSIPM) is pleased to welcome all CFS members, participants and observers at its annual Public panel on current pressing issues and key policy demands of the civil society and Indigenous Peoples organisations represented in the CSIPM.

Sunday 22 October, 16:00-18:00 CEST
Malaysia room, B227 | FAO Headquarters | Rome, Italy

With interpretation in English, Spanish and French.

The interconnected crises society is facing are systemic. They result from structural inequalities within our food and economic systems that incentivise and benefit large scale, industrial and export-oriented production to the detriment of small-scale agroecological food production and territorial markets and food circuits. The imperialistic nature of the structure of the current food system perpetuates colonial relations of dependency, leaving a significant portion of the world disadvantaged and unable to realise their right to adequate food and nutrition.

In response to deepening inequalities, economic crises, biodiversity loss and environmental degradation, communities proactively defend their rights, cultivate economies of care, foster communities based on solidarity and reciprocity, and join in collective action for the common goods. As such, peasants pastoralists, fisherfolk, Indigenous Peoples, agricultural and food workers, landless, women, youth, consumers, urban food insecure and civil society organisations should be at the centre of the construction of long-term solutions and equitable transformations.

In its upcoming multi-year plan of work, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has agreed to strengthen its coordination role between relevant actors to respond to multiple dimensions of food crises. Focusing on the progressive realisation of the right to food, and putting peoples’ voices at the centre, the CFS is the legitimate space of democratic participation to public policy making on food and nutrition at global level.

Before the CFS 51 Plenary, the CSIPM will hold its annual Forum, bringing together civil society and Indigenous Peoples organisations. The CSIPM Forum’s closing public panel aims to learn from different territories’ experiences and discuss the CFS’ role as a coordination platform to address the complex challenges society is facing. What type of coordination do we need to ensure coherent, long-term solutions? What does this mean in practice? How can the CFS effectively address these challenges and work towards solutions that benefit the most affected constituencies, first and foremost?

Panellists will include members of the CSIPM Coordination Committee, Ambassador Gabriel Ferrero y de Loma Osorio, Chair of the CFS, and Michael Fakhri, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Representatives of member states and other CFS participants are invited to join the discussion on the role of the CFS as a space of coordination, as a platform and to reflect on what this means in practical next steps.

CFS members and participants are welcome to join this CSIPM public event. If you would like to attend, please contact

Please follow these links if you would like further details about the CSIPM Forum and the CSIPM side events at the CFS plenary, which are scheduled on 23, 24 and 26 October 2023.

With the financial support of the Swiss Confederation, represented by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, acting through the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), and the European Union.


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