New CFS Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition Released
Released ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit, the guidelines will support countries in their efforts to eradicate all forms of hunger and malnutrition through a food systems lens
Rome, 12 February 2021 — The Committee on World Food Security (CFS)this week endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition (VGFSyN) which aim to support countries to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by utilizing a food systems lens. The endorsement took place during the CFS 47th Session (8–11 February 2021).
The Guidelines represent a unique policy tool…
CFS Special Event on Strengthening Global Governance of Food Security and Nutrition Starts
The High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) Issues Paper on COVID-19 launched
Rome, Italy, 12 October 2020 — The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is this week hosting a special event on strengthening global governance of food security and nutrition. The three-day event is aimed at keeping food security and nutrition front and center on the global sustainable development agenda especially in light of the profound impact that COVID-19 is having on food security and nutrition.
The event will take stock of…
COVID-19: Need for CFS Framework for Action in Protracted Crises to Prevent Global Food Emergency
According to the 2020 Global Report on Food Crises, the number of people experiencing acute food insecurity reached a record high of 135 million in 2019, up from 108 million in 2016. And this trend is expected to increase dramatically in both magnitude and in severity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. …
Radically Transform Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition,
a new UN Report Urges
The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE)
warns that the world is falling short on SDG 2 — “Zero Hunger”
Rome, Italy, 25 June 2020 — A new report published today calls upon governments and other actors to undertake urgent measures to radically transform food systems, to realize the right to food and ensure food security and nutrition for all — especially in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recent data on food security and nutrition show that the…
COVID-19 — Pre-existing gender discrimination provides fertile ground for increased inequality, to the detriment of food security and nutrition
Evidence from around the world shows that women are disproportionately affected by economic shocks and crises. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. Women are hard hit as individuals and in their ability to fulfil their role in terms of contribution to the food security and nutrition of their family, while tens of millions of poor people are at risk of falling into food insecurity as a result of COVID-19.
In March 2020, the Bureau of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) along with members of its (ad hoc) Advisory Group convened a virtual video conference to discuss COVID-19 and its impacts on food security and nutrition. The discussion utilized the interim Issues Paper on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition by the CFS High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) along with expert briefings from the three UN Rome-based Agencies, the World Health Organization, and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit.
A lot has changed since then with the latest estimates indicating…
Apply CFS Framework for Action in Protracted Crises to Protect Civilians from Conflict-Induced Hunger — UN Security Council
On 21 April 2020, the UN Security Council urged members to apply the Committee on World Food Security’s Framework for Action in Protracted Crises (CFS-FFA) in their effort to address the twin challenges of conflicts and food insecurity.
The call came as an alliance of UN agencies and partners launched the 2020 edition of the Global Report on Food Crises showing that 135 million people in 55 countries experienced acute food insecurity in 2019 — almost 60 percent of them being in…
This blog post is co-authored by Dr. Ilaria Bottigliero, Director, Policy, Research and Learning, International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and Françoise Trine, Senior Food Security Officer, Secretariat of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).
In societies where there is a high degree of gender inequality, there is also a significantly higher proportion of undernourishment among women and girls.
In order to effectively tackle food insecurity, it is necessary to address gender inequality more broadly, particularly the discriminatory policies, laws and social norms that prevent women and girls from participating in society on an equal basis.
The 2030 Agenda for…
No one is safe from some form of nutritional deprivation but food insecurity is a cruel injustice to humankind. Even, we ourselves can be a victim of food and nutritional insecurity. Come join the movement and be prepared to feed 9.8 billion people as zero hunger starts with you.
Poverty is the biggest challenge the world is facing alongside climate change. One-third of all food gets squandered before it is consumed. Furthermore, labor, water, energy, land and other inputs that go into producing food are wasted. In such a situation can we feed the world? If yes, how?
We can’t do it alone: How to leverage multi-stakeholder partnerships to address hunger and malnutrition in the world
Addressing the challenges that the world faces to eliminate hunger and all forms of malnutrition is a complex, multi-faceted issue that requires a holistic approach, with multiple partners involved in finding workable solutions. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development also encourages the use of partnerships as one of the ways to implement the ambitious Agenda, as outlined in SDG 17, which encourages “the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by the use of multi-stakeholder partnerships” (MSPs).
CFS is a United Nations multistakeholder body striving to achieve food security and nutrition for all through global coordination, learning and policy