With the approval of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which includes the eradication of poverty, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) conducted its 42nd session under the theme, Making a Difference in Food Security and Nutrition on 12-15 October 2015 in Rome. This meeting was to address the following topics:
- CFS and the sustainable development challenge;
- the 2015 version of the report on the State of Food Insecurity in the World;
- water for food security and nutrition, including the report and recommendations of the High Level Panel of Experts on Water for Food Security and Nutrition;
- policy convergence, including a policy round-table on water for food security and nutrition;
- coordination and linkages between CFS and other food security and nutrition stakeholders; and
- ongoing workstreams, including the Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition, and the multi-year program of work and priorities for 2016-2017.
One of the outputs of the meeting was the approval of the voluntary agreement, Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises, ensuring that humanitarian and development efforts are integrated in the increasing number of areas undergoing protracted crises, with a special focus on the nutritional needs of infants and the most vulnerable people.
In October, a set of guidelines that will address weaknesses in the enforcement of land reform laws is set to be approved at a UN-backed food security forum. It is hoped the global adoption and enforcement of the guidelines will eventually lead to food security.
In a paper on the proposed guidelines, the Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC) pointed out that “landlessness or the lack of secure and equitable access to and control over land, fisheries and forests by local communities has long been argued by civil society groups as one of the major causes of perennial hunger in rural areas.” Read the rest of this entry