On Thursday, CFS 44 delegates discussed the response to the independent evaluation of CFS and policy convergence on urbanization, rural transformation and implications for food security and nutrition.
In the morning, Angela Bester, World Health Organization (WHO) and CFS Evaluation Manager, presented the main findings and recommendations from the evaluation, noting its usefulness in generating insights on multi-stakeholder collaboration. She highlighted several findings, including: the tenuous linkages at regional and national levels; low awareness of the Global Strategic Framework; limited dissemination of reports and products, except for the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT); and the need to clarify CFS’s role at the international and national level.
Participants discussed, among other issues: the roles and procedures of the CFS Bureau and its Advisory Group; funding and resource mobilization; inclusion of Youth; focus of CFS work and its intersessional processes; and the need to enhance the visibility of CFS and its products.
In the afternoon, Hans Hoogeveen, Chair of the Open-ended Working Group on urbanization, rural transformation and implications for food security and nutrition, presented progress towards the development of policy convergence. Many members supported further intersessional work based on a multi-sectoral approach, with several focusing on the impact of urban-rural dynamics on low-income groups, women and youth.
Hoogeveen then moderated an interactive panel discussion on measures to address food security in the context of urbanization and rural transformation, including: realizing opportunities in rural areas from urbanization, such as increasing demand for food; urban farming; and reducing food waste.
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Response to the Independent Evaluation of CFS
The dais during the discussion on the response to the independent evaluation of CFS. L-R: Khaled El Taweel (Egypt) and Jón Erlingur (Iceland), Evaluation Co-facilitators; Amira Gornass, CFS Chair ©FAO
Jón Erlingur (Iceland), Evaluation Co-facilitator ©FAO
Khaled El Taweel (Egypt), Evaluation Co-facilitator ©FAO
Delegate from Cameroon ©FAO
Delegate from Brazil ©FAO
CSM Representative ©FAO
Representative of the World Farmers’ Organization ©FAO
Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Food Security and Nutrition
The dais during the discussion on Rural Transformation and Implications for Food Security and Nutrition. L-R: Hans Hoogeveen, Netherlands; Amira Gornass, CFS Chair; Deborah Fulton, CFS Secretary ©FAO
Hans Hoogeveen moderated an interactive session on Rural Transformation and Implications for Food Security and Nutrition. ©FAO
Marco Sanchez Cantillo, Agricultural Development Economics Division, FAO ©FAO
Nono Dimakatso Sekhoto, Farmer, South Africa ©FAO
HRH Princess Viktória de Bourbon de Parme, the Netherlands ©FAO
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