On Monday, 15 October, CFS Chair Mario Arvelo (Dominican Republic) opened the 45th plenary session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 45). He highlighted man-made conflict and climate change as drivers of food insecurity.
In the morning, participants discussed the “State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 (SOFI)” report. José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General, emphasized the need to act on nutrition, stating that hunger will undermine the 2030 Agenda. David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP), said the world must “get serious about ending war” to achieve zero hunger, noting that 80% of the WFP’s expenditure is in war zones. Cornelia Richter, Vice President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), called for a more systemic approach to food systems, underlining the importance of scalable technologies. Members outlined national polices, initiatives and success stories, and offered to share knowledge and experiences.
In the afternoon, a panel of experts discussed the SOFI report’s findings, including the role of large-scale climate drivers such as the El Niño phenomenon, the need for transdisciplinary research and holistic food systems evaluation. Panelists also clarified the difference between shocks and stressors that affect food systems and stressed the need for multi-sectoral collaboration.
A second expert panel discussed the “State of Food and Agriculture 2018 (SOFA)” report, which addresses the links between agriculture, migration and rural development. Panelists discussed, among other issues:
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Panel discussion on the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA)