Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Working Space

CFS Workstream on Food Systems and Nutrition

Chair: Ms Liliane Ortega, Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations Rome-based Agencies

This meeting information is intended for CFS Members, Participants and Observers

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Preparation of the CFS “Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition 


CFS Food Systems and Nutrition OEWG Meeting - 8 March 2019 - 14:00 - 17:00

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and to get specific feedback and suggestions on how to improve the Preliminary version of the Zero Draft of the Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition.

Provisional Agenda

Preliminary Version of the Zero Draft

Outcomes of the meeting

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-          Open Meeting on Food Systems – 30 January 2019 – 9.30-12.30 – Green Room, FAO

The meeting is intended to provide a space for an open discussion among CFS stakeholders on the different elements of the HLPE report on Nutrition and Food Systems.

Concept note and programme of the meeting

Presentation by Jessica Fanzo, HLPE Project Team Leader



Background documents and information

The Committee in 2017 decided to embark on a multistakeholder policy convergence process which is intended to lead to the development of Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition to be finalized by October 2020.

The Terms of Reference endorsed by the CFS Plenary in 2018 and the CFS Strategy on Nutrition, endorsed in 2016, represent important references for the policy process.

-         -         Terms of Reference (2018) – defining the parameters for the preparation of the Voluntary Guidelines

-         CFS Strategy on Nutrition (2016)

The policy convergence process is supported by the scientific evidence provided by the HLPE Report on Nutrition and Food which was launched in 2017.

-          HLPE report on Nutrition and Food Systems (English version)

-          Other languages available in the HLPE website

The Voluntary Guidelines will be the result of an inclusive consultative process. Five regional consultations will take place between June and October 2019 to get inputs, comments and suggestions on how to best align the guidelines with regional and national priorities and needs. An e-consultation will also take place in 2019 as an additional entry point for interested stakeholders.

-          The Workplan 2019-2020

A working document - Elements Paper – has been prepared and is regularly updated by the Secretariat, highlighting a number of issues that might be considered and discussed in the course of the preparation of the Voluntary Guidelines.

-          Elements Paper - CFS stakeholders are invited to provide their inputs and suggestions on additional policy relevant areas - following the proposed format - that they want to be considered and discussed

A living document presenting references to existing relevant international guidance as well as to technical documents concerning food systems and nutrition has also been prepared to support the preparation of the Voluntary Guidelines.

-          References to existing guidance











Regional Consultations