52 Visions for the CFS 2022

How do we envision the CFS in 5 years? What are the ways to get there?

Organizers

  • CSM Coordination Committee, composed by global, regional and national organizations of small- scale and family farmers, Indigenous Peoples, fisherfolks, pastoralists, workers, landless, women, youth, consumers, urban food insecure, and NGOs

Abstract

The event will present the civil society visions for the CFS. Specifically, it will present the key elements for the CFS as it could be in 2022, and the ways that would lead us there. The event is a concrete contribution to the debates about the CFS evaluations and the collective response to its recommendation. It will, however, present a wider horizon to what shall be the CFS in the context of the global architecture of food security and nutrition governance and changing political scenarios. How can the CFS more effectively respond to the urgent, emerging and critical challenges for the global food system? How can the CFS prioritize on those problems of highest relevance to the hundreds of millions of people who provide most of the food on this planet but are often among the most affected by hunger and malnutrition? The event will discuss these and other pressing questions and how the CFS should address them in the future by strengthening its functions for policy coordination, convergence and coherence, enhancing the use, application and monitoring of its policy outcomes and advancing the progressive realization of the right to adequate food and accountability to the people most at risk.

Key speakers/presenters

  • Antonio Gonzales, MALEA, CSM Coordinating Committee member
  • Maria Teresa Alvarez, WAMIP, CSM Coordinating Committee member
  • Isabel Alvarez Vispo, Urgenci, CSM Coordinating Committee member
  • Thierry Kesteloot, Oxfam-Solidarité, CSM Coordinating Committee member

Summary

The side event started witnessing the cosmovision of the Maya Cachaca people. This holistic thinking is central in the way agriculture is shaped. Food, nutrition and agriculture are highly intertwined with the indigenous people’s vision to nature, life and biodiversity. They are rooted in people’s diversity and knowledges and in nature’s wisdom. Our vision builds on peoples’ knowledges, values, life and cultures, and can’t be restricted to consumption, production, markets or technologies. The centrality of our vision is to bring back people’s voices in the work of the CFS.

The essential elements that made the reformed CFS relevant are:

  • its inclusive character, in particular of those most affected and at risk, who are at the same time the most important contributors to food security and nutrition worldwide
  • the intersection of knowledge and policy convergence, coherence and coordination processes
  • the vision of the CFS and its Rights Based Approach
  • addressing critical and controversial issues, highlighting conflicting interests

CFS was born out of crises. Today it is not yet up to standards to prevent them and realize the right to adequate food. Participants identified food sovereignty, agroecology, human rights, women’s rights and the recognition of the central role of small scale food producers and affected communities as essential building blocks towards this vision.

Key outcomes/take away messages

  • need to defend the space for people’s voices in the CFS and strengthen it
  • need to ensure the CFS remains relevant for people’s values, struggles, challenges and proposals at local levels
  • responding to root causes of food insecurity, of violations of rights, of nutritional insecurity, requires addressing key features of power inequities
  • importance of consistency to enable to link recommendations to local realities sustainably by addressing root causes. Monitoring, learning, convergence and accountability are essential to this end
  • need to enable the CFS to achieve policy convergence, coordination and coherence across all spaces of the food governance architecture. Wherever there are issues/obstacles/ proposals that relate to food security and nutrition, this is where the CFS is entitled to engage and intersect with other spaces
  • need to engage in a broader reflection with CFS members on the CFS vision
Side Event - 52 - Visions for the CFS 2022