HLPE e-consultation on the scope of the Report on Data

Data collection and analysis tools for food security and nutrition HLPE e-consultation on the Report’s scope Deadline 21 March 2021 CSM is launching a call for a new Working Group on Data. If you are interested please write to the CSM Secretariat!   During its 46th Plenary Session (14-18 October 2019), the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) adopted its four-year Programme of Work (MYPoW 2020-2023), which includes a request to the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (CFS-HLPE) to produce a report on “Data collection and analysis tools” for food security and nutrition, to be presented at the 50th Plenary session of the CFS in October 2022 (to access the MYPoW, please click here). The report, which will provide recommendations to the CFS workstream “Data collection and analysis tools”, will: Identify the barriers impeding quality data collection, analysis, and use in decision-making; Identify specific high priority gaps in data production and analysis not covered by ongoing initiatives; Highlight the benefits of using data and the opportunity costs of not using data for decisions; Illustrate initiatives that have encouraged evidence-based decisions in agriculture and food security across the public, private, and academic sectors as well as approaches that have not worked; Provide insights into how to ensure data collection and its utilization give voice to the people most affected by policies stemming from that data, including farmers and other food producers. To implement this CFS request, the HLPE is launching an open e-consultation to seek views and comments on the following scope and building blocks of the report, outlined below. Please note that in parallel to this scoping consultation, the HLPE is calling for interested experts to candidate to the Project Team for this report. The call for candidature is open until 28 February 2021. Read more here. Draft scope of the HLPE Report on “Data collection and analysis tools for food security and nutrition” proposed by the HLPE’s Steering Committee “Although it is widely recognized that sound decisions are based on good information and data, in many countries, particularly low and lower middle-income countries, the availability of timely and reliable rural, agricultural and food security statistics is largely lacking. Despite all efforts, most of these countries still do not conduct regular household and farm surveys, do not meet the minimum data requirements, lack sustainable data systems, and have insufficient capacity to analyze and use the data at their disposal.

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Translations of the HLPE issues Paper on COVID-19 now online!

Impacts of COVID-19 on food security and nutrition: developing effective policy responses to address the hunger and malnutrition pandemic HLPE issues paper AR|FR|ES|RU|CH September 2020 In March 2020 the HLPE published upon  request of the CFS Chair an issues paper on Covid-19 impacts on food security and nutrition. On September a new and updated version has been published. This paper will be available in all six FAO languages before the high-level special event of the CFS, from 13 to 15 October 2020, and will be used to set the stage for the discussion on COVID-19 at the session on 14 October. Cover photo @Barcroft Media via Getty Images 

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HLPE e-consultation on the zero draft of the Report on Youth

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 agriculture and food systems”. The overall aim of the report, as articulated in the CFS Multi-year programme of work, is to “Review the opportunities for, and constraining factors to youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems”, including examining “aspects related to employment, salaries, and working conditions”; “rules, regulations and policy approaches […] aimed at addressing the complexity of structural economic, cultural, social and spatial transformations”. The report was also tasked to “explore the potential of food systems and enhanced rural-urban linkages to provide more and better jobs for women and youth.” The report will be presented at CFS 48th Plenary session in October 2021. As part of the process of elaboration of its reports, the HLPE is organizing a consultation to seek inputs, suggestions, and comments on the present preliminary V0 draft (more details on the different steps of the process, are available here). The results of this consultation will be used by the HLPE to further elaborate the report, which will then be submitted to external expert review, before finalization and approval by the HLPE Steering Committee. HLPE V0-drafts of reports are deliberately presented early enough in the process – as a work-in-progress, with their range of imperfections – to allow sufficient time to properly consider the feedbacks received in the elaboration of the report. E-consultations are a key part of the inclusive and knowledge-based dialogue between the HLPE Steering Committee and the knowledge community at large. How can you contribute to the development of the report? This V0 draft identifies areas for recommendations and contributions on which the HLPE would welcome suggestions or proposals. The HLPE would welcome submission of material, evidence-based suggestions, references, and concrete examples, in particular addressing the following questions: 1. The V0-draft is structured around a conceptual framework which presents three fundamental pillars for youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems (AFS): rights, agency and equity. Do you think that this framework addresses the key issues affecting youth engagement and employment in AFS? 2. The V0-draft identifies main

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Launch of the HLPE Report on the global narrative towards 2030

The HLPE are glad to confirm the launch of their 15th report to the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), Food security and nutrition: building a global narrative towards 2030, and pleased to invite you to attend. Launch of the HLPE’s 15th report “Food security and nutrition: building a global narrative towards 2030” Thursday, 25 June 2020 13:00 – 16:00 (Rome time) The event will be chaired by the Chairperson of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), HE Thanawat Tiensin. This report, requested by the CFS Plenary in October 2018, will feed into policy debates to be held during CFS 47. Agenda 13:00   Opening by the Thanawat Tiensin, CFS Chair 13:05    Welcome address by Bukar Tijani, AG-ADG 13:10    Introduction by Martin Cole (HLPE’s Steering Committee Chairperson) 13:15    Report presentation (Jennifer Clapp, Drafting Team Leader) 13:45    Q&A and discussion, moderated by the CFS Chair 15:50    Conclusions 16:00   End of session Downloads Download the full report here  AR|CH|ES|FR|RU *

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HLPE e-consultation on the zero draft of the Report “Food security and nutrition: building a global narrative towards 2030”

HLPE e-consultation on the zero draft of the Report “Food security and nutrition: building a global narrative towards 2030” Zero draft here! Deadline 23 February 2020 Visit the webpage of  CSM Global Food Governance Working Group in charge of collecting CSM Contributions to the consultation!   During its 45th Plenary Session (October 2018), the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) requested the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to produce a brief report (of about 20 pages, and approximately 20000 words) titled “Food security and nutrition: building a global narrative towards 2030” that takes stock of HLPE contributions “with a view toward informing future CFS actions on FSN for all in the context of the 2030 Agenda”, with analysis that takes into account the perspective of those most affected by food insecurity and malnutrition. The overall aim of the report, as articulated in the CFS multi-year program of work is to: “elaborate in a forward-looking perspective a global narrative on FSN, enlightened by previous HLPE publications and considering recent developments in the FSN sector” in order to provide strategic guidance towards the achievement of SDG2 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Click here to download the CFS request. The report will be presented at CFS 47th Plenary session in October 2020. As part of the process of elaboration of its reports, the HLPE is organizing a consultation to seek inputs, suggestions, and comments on the present preliminary V0 draft (for more details on the different steps of the process, see the Appendix in the V0 draft). The results of this consultation will be used by the HLPE to further elaborate the report, which will then be submitted to external expert review, before finalization and approval by the HLPE Steering Committee. HLPE V0 drafts of reports are deliberately presented early enough in the process – as a work-in-progress, with their range of imperfections – to allow sufficient time to properly consider the feedbacks received in the elaboration of the report. E-consultations are a key part of the inclusive and knowledge-based dialogue between the HLPE Steering Committee and the knowledge community at large. Contributing to the report This V0 draft identifies areas for recommendations and contributions on which the HLPE would welcome suggestions or proposals. The HLPE would welcome submission of material, evidence-based suggestions, references, and concrete examples, in particular addressing the following questions: The V0

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HLPE e-consultation on the scope of the Youth Report

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 Nutrition (HLPE) to produce a report entitled “Promoting youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems”, to be presented in 2021 (the request is provided below) [1]. The report, which will provide recommendations to the CFS workstream “Promoting youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems”, will: Review the opportunities for, and constraining factors to youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems, including youth access to: Knowledge, information and education; Productive land, natural resources and inputs; Productive tools, extension, advisory and financial services; Training, education and mentorship programmes; Innovation and new technologies; Markets; Policy-making processes. Examine aspects related to employment, salaries, and working conditions; Review rules, regulations and policy approaches, including territorial approaches, aimed at addressing the complexity of structural economic, cultural, social and spatial transformations currently taking place globally; Explore the potential of food systems and enhanced rural-urban linkages to provide more and better jobs for women and youth. Proposed draft Scope of the HLPE Report on “Promoting youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems” by the HLPE Steering Committee Engagement of youth (both women and men) is key in making the transition towards sustainable and healthy agriculture and food systems. It is estimated that more than 2 billion children will be born worldwide between 2015 and 2030 (UN, 2015 [2]). The majority of these children will be in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where agriculture and food systems constitute the largest employer, and where the needs in terms of availability, access and quality of food and nutrition are greatest. There is a large untapped reservoir of employment opportunities in the agri-food sector which is increasingly pinched by significant labour constraints in many areas of the world. Yet, due to limited access to land, natural resources, infrastructure, finance, technology, markets, knowledge, and poor working conditions the sector cannot be considered attractive and sustainable for youth. There is a high incidence of informality, casual labour, underemployment, child labour, forced labour, working poverty, and among the lowest rates of access to social

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HLPE full Report on Agroecology and other innovations

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 at a crossroads. Profound transformation is needed to address Agenda 2030 and to achieve food security and nutrition (FSN) in its four dimensions of availability, access, utilization and stability, and to face multidimensional and complex challenges, including a growing world population, urbanization and climate change, which drive increased pressure on natural resources, impacting land, water and biodiversity. This need has been illustrated from various perspectives in previous HLPE reports and is now widely recognized. This transformation will profoundly affect what people eat, as well as how food is produced, processed, transported and sold. In this context, in October 2017, the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) requested its High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on FSN to produce a report on “Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition” to inform its discussions during the Forty-sixth CFS Plenary Session in October 2019. In this report, the HLPE explores the nature and potential contributions of agroecological and other innovative approaches to formulating transitions towards sustainable food systems (SFSs) that enhance FSN. The HLPE adopts a dynamic, multiscale perspective, focusing on the concepts of transition and transformation. Many transitions need to occur in particular production systems and across the food 1 HLPE. 2019. Agroecological and other innovative approaches for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition. A report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the Committee on World Food Security, Rome 2019. Full report forthcoming at www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-hlpe. HLPE Report on Agroecological and other innovative approaches for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition. Extract from the Report: Summary and Recommendations (19 June 2019) value chain to achieve major transformation of whole food systems. Both incremental transitions at small scales and structural changes to institutions and norms at larger scales need to take place in a coordinated and integrated way in order to achieve the desired transformation of the global food system. As highlighted by the HLPE (2016), transition pathways combine

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HLPE online consultation on the scope of the 2020 Report

Food Security and Nutrition: Building a global narrative towards 2030 HLPE e-consultation on the Report’s scope 3 December 2018 – 7 January 2019 During its 45th Plenary Session (15-20 October 2018), the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) requested its High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to produce a short report (around 20 pages, approximately 20 000 words) entitled “Food Security and Nutrition: Building a global narrative towards 2030” to be presented by the first semester 2020″. Click here to download the CFS request. To implement this CFS request, the HLPE is launching an open e-consultation to seek views and comments on the following scope and building blocks of the report, outlined below. 2020 will be a milestone in the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with only ten years left before the 2030 deadline. Ten years after the CFS reform, this report aims to take stock of what CFS has done, with the support of the HLPE. It will assess how past CFS policy recommendations have contributed or could contribute to FSN and to the 2030 Agenda. This stocktaking analysis should be framed within the CFS vision and take into account the perspectives of the most affected by food insecurity and malnutrition. Rather than simply summarising previous HLPE reports, the objective of this report is to articulate, for decision-makers and non-expert readers, the main findings of previous HLPE publications (including the two notes on critical and emerging issues)[1] in a global, coherent and comprehensive narrative around FSN and sustainable development, integrating different forms of knowledge. This report will reflect the current state of knowledge as evidenced in previous HLPE publications, as well as the most recent developments of knowledge on FSN related issues. It will build upon the main areas of consensus and controversy, the major challenges and opportunities, the main knowledge gaps or uncertainties, emerging from previous HLPE publications. It will highlight, using concrete examples as appropriate, possible solutions and priorities for action for the world community to advance FSN in its four dimensions (availability, access, utilization and stability) and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, at different scales, from local to global. This report will examine food systems governance issues at different scales, considering the specific roles and responsibilities of and possible synergies between different actors (public sector, private sector and civil society). Forward looking, this analysis should inform future CFS actions towards the achievement

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HLPE Electronic consultation on the zero draft of the Agroecology and other innovations Report

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 security and nutrition”, to be presented at CFS 46th Plenary session in October 2019. As part of the process of elaboration of its reports, the HLPE is organizing a consultation to seek inputs, suggestions, and comments on the present V0 draft (for more details on the different steps of the process, see the Appendix in the V0 draft). The results of this consultation will be used by the HLPE to further elaborate the report, which will then be submitted to external expert peer-reviewers, before finalization and approval by the HLPE Steering Committee. Please download the Draft V0 of the Report here.   Deadline for submissions is 5 November 2018 Download the introductory note from the HLPE here. Contributing to the V0 Draft The present V0 draft identifies areas for recommendations at a very early stage, and the HLPE would welcome suggestions or proposals. In order to strengthen the report, the HLPE would welcome submission of material, evidence-based suggestions, references, and concrete examples, in particular addressing the following important questions: The V0 draft is wide-ranging in analyzing the contribution of agroecological and other innovative approaches to ensuring food security and nutrition (FSN). Is the draft useful in clarifying the main concepts? Do you think that the draft appropriately covers agroecology as one of the possible innovative approaches? Does the draft strike the right balance between agroecology and other innovative approaches? Have an appropriate range of innovative approaches been identified and documented in the draft? If there are key gaps in coverage of approaches, what are these and how would they be appropriately incorporated in the draft? Does the draft illustrates correctly the contributions of these approaches to FSN and sustainable development? The HLPE acknowledges that these approaches could be better articulated in the draft, and their main points of convergence or divergence among these approaches could be better illustrated. Could the following set of “salient dimensions” help tocharacterize and compare these different approaches: human-rights base, farm size, local or global markets and food systems (short or long supply chain), labor or capital intensity (including mechanization),

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