FRA at 42nd Session of the Commitee on World Food Security

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This week, from the 12th to the 16th of October, the Food and Agriculture Organization is holding the 42nd session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

We are glad to inform you that Food Rights Alliance together with other key stakeholders are taking part in this session. We will continue to share with you live proceedings from the event on our social media Facebook and Twitter sites.

The CFS was established in 1974 as an intergovernmental body to serve as a forum in the United Nations System for review and follow-up of policies concerning world food security including production; and physical and economic access to food.

The vision of the CFS is to be the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all.  It aims to work in a coordinated manner in support of country led processes that lead to food security.

Using a phased approach, CFS will coordinate a global approach to food security, promote policy convergence, support and advise countries and regions, coordinate at national and regional levels, promote accountability and share best practices and develop a global strategic framework for food security and nutrition.

The CFS Framework broadens participation giving a voice to all stakeholders in the world food system. It is inclusive encouraging an exchange of views and experiences, builds on empirical evidence and scientific analysis and provides for monitoring the effectiveness of actions towards reducing hunger.

The 2015 FAO CMS Annual Forum is also scheduled to take place on the 10th and 11th of October 2015.

Below are the CSM Side events that will take place during the CFS 42 from 12 to 15 October 2015.

CSM Water Working Group (12.30 – 14.00)
The right to water for the progressive realization of the right to adequate food – the role of the CFS

CSM Working Group on Protracted Crises (8.30-9.30)
Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises: the way forward

 USC Canada, ETC Group, MAELA, La Via Campesina, IPC Working Group on Agroecology, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (18.00 – 19.30)
Cultivating Agroecology for Food and Agriculture. A priority to CFS

IPC Network (including La Via Campesina, ROPPA, WFF, WFFP, MAELA, IITC, WAMIP, IUF, Urgenci) with the support of Terra Nuova, Crocevia and The Quaker United Nations Office  – QUNO (13.30-15.00)
What trade policies to increase food security and food sovereignty, strengthen local food systems and protect and strengthen small food producers