FAO and EU Partnership

EU-FAO event on The Global Governance of Food Security: progress and challenges


On 27 April 2016, representatives from the European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)  will meet key partners to discuss progress and perspectives for addressing the many global challenges around the governance of food security and nutrition.

The event is being held in Brussels with the participation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme and other agencies and will features three sessions.

The first session will focus on the critical challenges facing the governance of food security and nutrition from the perspective of FAO and the European Union (EU). Senior representatives will highlight the vision behind their strong partnership in the area of global food security governance. This will be followed by a presentation of the programme on Global Governance for Hunger Reduction,includingits objectives, modalities and some major achievements over the past four years.

The meeting will then focus onselected results and success stories in three areas:  nutrition-sensitive agriculture, the reform of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and addressing food crises and building resilience.

The third session will tackle issues surrounding the improvement ofglobal food security governance.An independent panel of high-level representatives will present their vision for the future, looking at the challenges and priorities, particularly within the framework of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework.

Improving the global governance of food and nutrition security

In the late 2000s, in the wake of soaring food prices and the global economic and financial crisis, increasing political attention was focused on world food security and its governance with the intention of addressing the effects of crises and, most  importantly, the long-term, structural factors that contribute to hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.

Within this framework, from 2012 to 2016 the EU and the three Rome-based agencies – FAO, WFP and IFAD – have strengthened their partnership on Global Governance for Hunger Reduction to ensure concrete improvements in the way the global community works together to eradicate hunger and malnutrition. For example, by enhancing access to innovative tools, quality information and analysis to strengthen the evidence on which policy decisions are based, linking food security, nutrition, agriculture and social protection.

This initiative also supports the CFS, while engaging with a wide range of other partners and actively supporting regional organizations like the Permanent Interstates Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the New Partnership for Africa's Development Planning and Coordinating Agency and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Eliminating hunger and malnutrition by 2030 is key to the achievement of the SDGs. FAO, the EU and their partners believethat together we can meet the zero hunger challenge.

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