As there is a diversity of views, some issues may require further attention by the international community where they are relevant to the international debate on food security and nutrition. The listing of issues here is not exhaustive and does not necessarily mean that they should be addressed by CFS. (Following the adoption of the first version of the GSF in 2012, some of the issues listed in this section have been addressed by the Committee. The resulting agreed recommendations are in Section 4):

  1. Ways to improve the integration into and access to markets of small-scale producers, especially women;
  2. Ways to boost rural development to strengthen food security and nutrition in the context of rural‐urban migration;
  3. The demand for water for agricultural production and for other uses and ways of improving water management;
  4. The need for the international trade system and trade policies to better recognize food security concerns;
  5. The management of the food chain and its impact on food security and nutrition, including ways to promote fair and competitive practices, and to reduce post-harvest food losses and waste;
  6. The effects of food standards, including private standards, on production, consumption and trade patterns, especially regarding food security and nutrition;
  7. The use and transfer of appropriate technologies in agriculture, fisheries and forestry, including consideration of the impact of intellectual property regimes on agriculture, food security and nutrition;
  8. Nutrition‐sensitive approaches that are integral to the planning and programming for food security and sustainable agriculture;
  9. Enhancing policy dialogue and promoting science-based decisions on biotechnology, in a manner that promotes sustainable agriculture and improves food security and nutrition.