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44th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 44)

9-13 October 2017 | Headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome, Italy

Highlights for Wednesday, 11 October 2017

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A view of Rome

View of the plenary room during the discussion on Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition

CFS 44 On Wednesday, CFS 44 participants discussed policy convergence emerging from the HLPE report on Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition, and the outcomes of the Forum on Women’s Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition held during the intersessional period. Members endorsed CFS’s Multi-year Programme of Work for 2018-2019, the first periodic update of the Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition, and a decision on monitoring the effectiveness of CFS.

In the morning, Akram Chehayeb, Chair of the FAO Committee on Forests (COFO) and Francois Pythoud, Rapporteur of the CFS policy convergence process on forestry, presented draft recommendations on sustainable forestry for food and nutrition, including on: cross-sectoral policy coordination; capacity building; and stakeholder involvement to integrate food security, nutrition and agriculture in forestry objectives. Members welcomed the recommendations and discussed national experiences in promoting food security and nutrition together with forest protection. The US, the EU, CSM and others lamented the lack of time to develop policy convergence, with Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) also expressing concern regarding the low level of participation and insufficient inclusivity. After some discussion, Members agreed to consider a meeting with the Rome-based Agencies (RBAs) to discuss the relation between commercial plantations and food security and nutrition, recognizing that this issue was not sufficiently discussed during the policy convergence process.

In the afternoon, keynote speaker, Helen Hakena, Leitana Nehan, Women’s Development Agency, Papua New Guinea, addressed the importance of women owning or governing land, the strain of climate change on women’s ability to make a living on agriculture, and the need for collective power among women for long-term sustainable solutions. She underlined that food security requires nutritional empowerment of women.

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Sustainable Forestry for Food and Nutrition

Terence Sunderland, HLPE Team Leader ©FAO

Akram Chehayeb, Chair, FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO) ©FAO

François Pythoud, Rapporteur of the CFS policy convergence process on forestry ©FAO

Khaled El Taweel, Chair, Open-ended Working Group on Nutrition ©FAO

Delegate from the US ©FAO

Delegate from Thailand ©FAO


Side Event: Launch of the book ‘Mainstreaming Agrobiodiversity in Sustainable Food Systems: Scientific foundations for an Agrobiodiversity Index’

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Around the Venue

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva meeting with Gerda Verburg, Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement ©FAO

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