SE114 Food Systems & Nutrition Guidelines: Proposed Pathways by the Private Sector and Civil Society: Perspectives and proposals by civil society and the private sector on how to reshape food systems to ensure sustainable and healthy diets


  • CFS Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples' Mechanism (CSM)
  • CFS Private Sector Mechanism (PSM)

The side event aims to provide space to discuss the perspectives, expectations and concrete proposals by civil society, including small-scale food producers, Indigenous Peoples and the private sector with respect to the forthcoming Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition. In particular, the side event will explore how the CFS could really make the difference in proposing concrete policy pathways for normative and fiscal interventions that can realign food systems, in all their components, with the urgency to fulfil the right to adequate food and nutrition while also ensuring healthy and sustainable diets.

The event will also provide an interactive space for civil society and private sector to respond to and dialogue with each other's proposals with the active engagement of the audience. The event will build on the first four regional consultations (Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and Near East) and explore critical pathways for the upcoming phase of negotiation.

Key speakers/presenters

  • Ms. Isabel Álvarez Vispo – Urgenci, Spain
  • Mr. Antonio Gonzalez – MAELA, Guatemala
  • Mr. Rocco Renaldi – International Food and Business Alliance, Italy
  • Ms. Maya Stewart – Director, Lenziemill Milling, Malawi
  • Moderator:  Ms. Liliane Ortega – Chair of the CFS OEWG on Food Systems and Nutrition

Main themes/issues discussed

Perspectives, expectations and concrete proposals of the PSM and the CSM in relation to the CFS Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition

Summary of key points


  • Data: Enhance availability and use of data (e.g., on dietary habits)
  • Consumer preference: Make business case on health and sustainability
  • Climate change: regenerative agriculture; rediscover traditional agricultural practices
  • Reformulation of food to make it healthier
  • Combine what was best before with what is better today
  • Link small-holders to markets, specifically women and youth
  • Get youth interested in farming, educational programmes
  • Women empowerment: access to knowledge, finance, capacity building
  • Mindful marketing (e.g., replace French fries with sweet potatoes fries)
  • Involvement of private sector in policy making through an established framework
  • Nutrition education


  • Importance of ancestral knowledge; continuous innovation by people
  • Biodiversity and planetary health basis of dietary diversity and human health
  • Holistic vision for FS transformation
  • Important to look at reasons for making choices. Key role of policies in determining accessibility. People may well know that certain foods are not good for them, but will still consume them because this is what is cheap and available.
  • Women: Access to resources, means of life, and land; right to decide; unequal division of labor – overburdening of women
  • Indivisibility of rights
  • People and human rights must be at the center
  • Data to make realities visible: 80% of food produced by small-scale producers; invisible markets

General discussion points:

  • How to capture data from the ground / experiential knowledge and ensure it informs the policy process
  • Need to identify and manage conflicts of interest
  • How improve school foods and environments 

Key take away messages

  • Guidelines must follow a holistic approach
  • Data is important; especially data by people that serves people
  • Ancestral knowledge and constant innovation by communities need to be protected and fostered
  • Important to address causes and impacts of climate change related to CFS
  • Small-scale food producers play a key role in ensuring healthy and sustainable diets and should be supported; the particular needs of Women need to be addressed
  • Both education and public policies are important in determining people’s dietary choices
  • People should be at the center of the Guidelines; women’s rights and empowerment are key
CFS 46 Side Event: SE114 Food Systems & Nutrition Guidelines: Proposed Pathways by the Private Sector and Civil Society


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