The 41st Plenary Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has taken place 13-18 October 2014 in Rome. CCGA has made use of the opportunity to organize the event “Sustainable Food Systems and Food Losses in the Post-2015 agenda – Making it happen”, together with FAO, IFAD, Millennium Institute, Vestergaard Frandsen and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The objective of this event was to assemble CFS stakeholders in order to explore and discuss the linkages between the CFS as the foremost inclusive platform on agriculture, food security and nutrition issues with the establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are to guide global action for sustainable development for the coming 15 years. Over 70 participants discussed how the CFS can bring its expertise into the so called Post-2015 agenda and the SDGs and how as inclusive body, the CFS is able to provide a voice to those most affected by policy decisions in the area of agriculture and the entire food system: small-scale food producers, fisher folk, pastoralists, indigenous and agricultural laborers.
The CFS session also confirmed and served as a platform to raise awareness for the CFS work in 2015 on “facilitating country-initiated multi-stakeholder assessments on sustainable food systems, food security and nutrition”, which is based on the Rio+20 outcome document. CFS further decided to address the issue of sustainable agricultural development for food security, including livestock, in two years’ time and commissioned a report from its High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on this topic to inform the CFS deliberations.
Finally, the CFS session has seen the adoption of the Principles for Responsible Investments in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI principles), recommendations on Food losses and Waste in Relation to Sustainable Food Systems, as well as on Fisheries. The issue of monitoring and evaluation of how CFS recommendations are being implemented and stakeholders held accountable for implementation has received a new impetus, which will be followed-up in the coming year. Monitoring of implementation of CFS decisions, including on the RAI Principles, will be followed closely by Civil Society organizations as was declared in their final statement.