Committee on World Food Security

Making a difference in food security and nutrition

CFS 48 will feature ten side events organized by its partners. Eight of these side events will be held on Thursday 3 June 2021 (4 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon) with the other 2 scheduled for Friday 4 June 2021 (during the lunch break).

See the full schedule of CFS 48 Side Events here.

Side Events Schedule

Thursday, 3 June 2021
9:00am - 10:30am CET

Side Event 1

Title: Operationalization of the VGGT through Innovative Mechanisms in Open and Transparent Land Governance

Organizers:

  • Land Portal Foundation
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI)
  • Open Data Charter
  • Liberia Land Authority
  • The Chandler Foundation

Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain practical lessons in how governments can adopt open and transparent systems in land governance for the benefit of land stakeholders, which increases food security and nutrition.
  2. Participants will hear from leading women voices on how better governance of land acquisitions can enable government operationalization of the VGGT for the benefit of stakeholders, including indigenous peoples.
  3. Participants will hear about new and innovative initiatives from leading authorities that are contributing to improved land governance.

 

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Side Event 2

Title: Key challenges on healthy diets and nutrition. Approaches to healthy nutrition in the Russian Federation

Organizers:

  • Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor)
  • Federal Budget Institution of Science “Central Research Institute of Epidemiology” of The Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing

Objectives:

  1. Outcomes of panel discussion could contribute not only to future work of CFS, but it could be also forwarded as contribution to UN Summit on Food Systems to facilitate discussion on main topics on food safety and nutrition.
  2. Presentation of the report on Healthy nutrition in the Russian Federation.
  3. Sharing best practices on achiving SDGs on nutrition, adressing challenges in the areas of food systems, healthy diets, food safety and nutrition.

 

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Thursday, 3 June 2021
11:00am - 12:30pm CET

Side Event 3

Title: Scaling-up agricultural innovation: Opportunities to deliver for people, nature and climate at COP 26

Organizers:

  • United Kingdom
  • FAO
  • CGIAR

Objectives:

  1. To identify opportunities and actions needed to scale up agricultural innovation in the lead up to UNFCCC COP26, including through the COP26 Nature Campaign, UN Food Systems Summit and COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
  2. To share experiences and best practice approaches to transform agri-food systems to enhance their climate resilience and sustainability.
  3. To understand how this scaling up can help the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) implement its policy recommendations on agroecological and other innovative approaches.
  4. To raise ambition on investment in agricultural innovation based on evidence-based approaches and a continuous, inclusive dialogue among key institutions in the lead up to COP26.

 

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Documents: Summary

Side Event 4

Title: Implementing CFS Guidelines for people and planet: The role of the private sector

Organizers:

  • World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA)
  • CGIAR
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Objectives:

  1. Be informed on how other initiatives have integrated CFS Products into their work.
  2. Hear from stakeholders why business alignment of monitoring frameworks, such as CFS Products and other initiatives, are crucial to realise more impact.
  3. By organizing this event we will demonstrate the impact of several CFS Products. The event will give us insights into challenges with regard to alignment or implementation and how these could be remedied.

 

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Thursday, 3 June 2021
2:00pm - 3:30pm CET

Side Event 5

Title: Addressing knowledge and implementation gaps on agro-ecological transitions: a way forward for research and development through the Transformative Partnership Platform

Organizers:

  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Senegal
  • Sri Lanka
  • EU Directorate-General International Partnerships
  • CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry
  • Biovision
  • French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)
  • FAO
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Objectives:

  1. Exchange of information: the TPP initiative will be launched and participants will learn about how to engage with it.
  2. We aim at getting large feedback from stakeholders on their challenges on the ground, and therefore on the future priorities for implementation of agroecological transitions, and work areas of the TPP.
  3. We aim at fostering a coalition of interested stakeholders, including donors and beneficiary countries around resolving knowledge and development gaps.

 

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Documents: Summary

Side Event 6

By the numbers - capturing the private sector contribution to the SDGs

Speakers:

  • Valerie Bizier, FAO, Senior Statistician
  • Nora Mardirossian, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Project Lead, Food Sector and the SDGs
  • Jessica Vieira, Apeel, Head of Sustainability Team
  • Vanessa Maire, Unilever, Global Sustainability lead for food systems and nutrition
  • Andrés Felipe Guevara Ramírez, SDG Group of the Directorate for Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Policies, National Planning Department of Colombia
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF) (invited)
  • Pietro Gennari, Chief Statistician FAO (Moderator)

Objectives:

  1. Raise awareness about ongoing initiatives to align private sector practices and reporting with the SDGs.
  2. Contribute to discussions on a harmonized framework for SDG reporting between public and private entities.
  3. Better understanding of key barriers to uptake/use of existing indicators/tools.
  4. Identify multistakeholder opportunities to collaborate on improving measurement and reporting on SDG progress.
  5. Increase accountability from the private sector on SDG alignment.

 

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Documents: Summary

Thursday, 3 June 2021
4:00pm - 5:30pm CET

Side Event 7

Title: How can diversification in agriculture based on agroecology ensure resilience and dietary diversity for family farmers at times of a pandemic or crisis

Organizers:

  • Ecuador
  • Nepal
  • Ethiopia
  • International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) - Organics International
  • Heifer International
  • Helvetas Nepal
  • Wageningen University
  • Shazday Fruits Pvt. Ltd, Pakistan
  • Tarpuq SA, Ecuador

Objectives:

  1. Learn about initiatives based on agroecological techniques, sustainable production of peasant family farming, and women and youth enterprises.
  2. Understand how these experiences contribute to improving resilience and autonomy, even in times of crisis and in the fight against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
  3. Show the strategic value of the markets that are built from agro-diversity, social awareness, participation, geographic and organizational proximity, and their role in promoting sustainable food systems.
  4. The importance of the articulations and synergies between the actions of national governments with the work and approaches of other key actors to face multidimensional crisis scenarios.

 

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Side Event 8

Title: Shaping the future of food systems for the youth, with the youth

Organizers:

  • SUN Movement Secretariat (SUN FSS Youth Coalition)
  • UN Nutrition
  • SUN Business Network
  • SUN Civil Society Network
  • Supported by the European Commission (DG INTPA) and Canada

Objectives:

  1. Young people can discuss with CFS members and stakeholders issues related to its ongoing program of work:
    1. An opportunity for youth to identify actions needed to be taken to help support the uptake of CFS products
    2. The CFS is able to take stock of concerns from young people related to food systems and cross-cutting issues (climate change and biodiversity) for ongoing/future work.
  2. Young people are recognised as an important stakeholder at all levels in decision making and action on food systems, to produce healthy, nutritious food in a sustainable way for both people and the planet.

 

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Documents: Summary

Friday, 4 June 2021
12:45pm - 2:15pm CET

Side Event 9

Title: COVID-19 impact mitigation: lessons learned from the field

Organizers:

  • CFS High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on food security and nutrition

Objectives:

  1. Concrete actions undertaken by CFS Stakeholders vis-à-vis COVID-19 impacts on FSN.
  2. Country perspectives.
  3. Update of the HLPE Issues Paper.

 

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Side Event 10

Title: From commitments to action: How UNFSS and CFS policy recommendations on agroecology can complement and reinforce each other

Organizers:

  • WWF
  • Alliance of Bioversity International and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CGIAR)
  • FAO
  • International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica
  • Biovision

Objectives:

  1. Increased understanding of the interlinkages and potential synergies between the CFS policy recommendations and UNFSS to scale up agroecology.
  2. Identify how CFS policy recommendations on agroecology can help implement UNFSS game-changing solutions on agroecology.
  3. Identify how UNFSS can increase uptake of the CFS policy recommendations.

 

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