Highlights and images for 17 October 2016



On Monday, 17 October, Chair Amira Gornass (Sudan) opened the 43rd plenary session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 43), drawing attention to CFS’ 40th anniversary.

In the morning, plenary addressed organizational matters and held an opening session on sustainable food systems, nutrition and climate change.

In a video message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined CFS’ key role in the 2030 Agenda and in ending hunger, and urged combating malnutrition in all its forms. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva noted that integration of food security concerns into the climate change agenda represents a recognition of FAO’s work. Underscoring that more than half of world population suffers from malnutrition, including undernourishment and obesity, he drew attention to the failure of food systems to deliver healthy diets. Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) drew attention to the 2016 Rural Development Report, noting that undernutrition can persist even when incomes rise. Elisabeth Rasmusson, Assistant Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) underlined climate change and population increase as challenges for sustainable food systems, and highlighted the role of smallholders and social protection systems, such as WFP school meal programmes.

In the afternoon, plenary endorsed the proposed recommendations on sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition, including the role of livestock, which were based on the report and recommendations of the the High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE).

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Opening Plenary: Sustainable Food Systems, Nutrition and Climate Change

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, addressing CFS 43 via video message
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CFS 43 Chair Amira Gornass, Sudan
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José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO
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Kanayo Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
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Elisabeth Rasmusson, Assistant Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP)
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Sustainable Agricultural Development for Food Security and Nutrition including the Role of Livestock

The dias during the discussion on the report on Sustainable Agricultural Development for Food Security and Nutrition including the Role of Livestock. L.-R.: Wilfrid Legg, HLPE Team Leader; Amira Gornass, CFS Chair, Deborah Fulton, CFS Secretary, Yaya Olaniran, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to FAO
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Wilfrid Legg, HLPE Team Leader
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Patrick Caron, Chair, HLPE Steering Committee
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Slovakia, for the EU
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