Director-General opens special session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) – World

The Committee adopts coverage suggestions on agroecological and different progressive approaches

04 June 2021, Rome – Agroecology, digital applied sciences and innovation all type a part of the holistic redesign of the world’s agri-food programs to make them “extra environment friendly, extra inclusive, extra resilient and extra sustainable,” QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) mentioned immediately.

The Director-General spoke on the opening of the forty eighth Special Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the inclusive multistakeholder platform set as much as enable all stakeholders to work collectively to make sure meals safety and diet for all.

The CFS Secretariat is hosted by FAO, the conferences are attended by UN member governments, in addition to representatives of civil society, non-governmental organizations, worldwide agricultural analysis programs, worldwide and regional monetary establishments, non-public sector associations and personal philanthropic foundations.

The FAO Director-General emphasised the necessity for the world “to work collectively in concord and solidarity” and indicated that the CFS’s inclusive construction “provides worth and momentum” to FAO’s efforts to pursue high quality diets for all, relieve stress on the planet’s pure sources and guarantee inclusive financial development in direction of Better Production, Better Nutrition, a Better Environment and a Better Life, leaving nobody behind.

He additionally emphasised the significance of resilience and diversification, and the necessity to combine sustainability in its three dimensions – financial, social and environmental – all through agri-food programs.

The CFS particular session endorsed the “Policy recommendations on agroecological and other innovative approaches for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition“.

The FAO Director-General counseled the CFS and its High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition for its coverage suggestions, noting they will contribute to the talk on the UN Food Systems Summit later this yr.

“These coverage suggestions can contribute to FAO’s efforts in remodeling agri-food programs, and for the progressive realization of the right to adequate food within the context of nationwide meals safety and meals security” Qu mentioned. “FAO will work in direction of making use of these suggestions with all of the Members and I encourage all CFS members and stakeholders to do the identical.”

He added that “These efforts have to be complemented with the potential of innovation and digital applied sciences.”

CFS agenda

The policy recommendations suggest laying the coverage foundations for agroecological and different progressive approaches to contribute to sustainable agriculture and meals programs that improve meals safety and diet.

They welcome the progress in direction of the FAO-hosted International Platform for Digital Food and Agriculture, urges efforts to make use of digital applied sciences to spice up engagement of girls, indigenous peoples and native communities in agri-food programs, fostering extra direct hyperlinks between producers and customers that provide alternatives for financial diversification, and broader efforts to slim the digital divide between and inside nations.

“Business as traditional is just not an choice,” mentioned CFS Chair Thanawat Tiensin.

Dominik Ziller, Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Amir Abulla, Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) additionally spoke on the event.

Earlier this yr, members endorsed the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition.

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