WFP-FAO co-led Post 2015 Global Thematic Consultation on Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition

19-11-2012 - 10-01-2013

The discussion is now closed.

See below the contributions received or download the proceedings.
Summary of key themes emerged from the discussion is available here

This is YOUR OPPORTUNITY to contribute to this global debate.

As the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, a number of processes have been put in place to seek inputs from country, regional and global levels, into the “Post-2015 Development Agenda and Framework”.  For more background information click here.

This is your opportunity to help identify the actions, goals, targets and indicators needed to achieve food and nutrition security, and the eradication of hunger, in a post-2015 world.  Many food security and nutrition policies, strategies and action plans have been written over the past number of  years.  Challenges and opportunities towards achieving food and nutrition security in a sustainable way have been identified, and many countries are making good progress.  Nevertheless, close to 870 million people around the world remain undernourished and do not have access to a healthy diet.  It is time for everyone to take urgent action – in a concerted manner – and to elaborate a new development agenda around lasting concerns of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.

The outcome of this e-consultation, together with the proposed CFS consultation, will feed into the high level experts consultation to be hosted by the Government of Spain in March 2013.

Ultimately, your contributions will feed into the UN General Assembly discussions beginning September 2013 for the elaboration of an agreed post 2015 global development agenda.

E-Consultation: next four weeks

Over the next four weeks, FAO and WFP will facilitate this e-consultation in drawing on the widest possible group of stakeholders and interested parties on how best to address hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition at all levels, and to seek your inputs on the elaboration of a new agenda for action beyond the current MDG framework.

We also invite you to submit papers, findings, or on-going work on the topic of hunger, food and nutrition security.

We seek your inputs on the following three themes:

Theme 1

(i) What do you see as the key lessons learned during the current Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Framework (1990-2015), in particular in relation to the MDGs of relevance to hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition? 

(ii) What do you consider the main challenges and opportunities towards achieving food and nutrition security in the coming years?

Theme 2

What works best?  Drawing on existing knowledge, please tell us how we should go about addressing the hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition challenges head on.  Provide us with your own experiences and insights.  For example, how important are questions of improved governance, rights-based approaches, accountability and political commitment in achieving food and nutrition security? 

Furthermore, how could we best draw upon current initiatives, including the Zero Hunger Challenge, launched by the UN Secretary General at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (www.zerohungerchallenge.org), and the Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition elaborated by the CFS?

Theme 3

For the Post-2015 Global Development Framework to be complete, global (and regional or national) objectives, targets and indicators will be identified towards tackling hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.  A set of objectives has been put forward by the UN Secretary-General under Zero Hunger Challenge (ZHC):

  1. 100% access to adequate food all year round
  2. Zero stunted children less than 2 years old
  3. All food systems are sustainable
  4. 100% increase in smallholder productivity and income
  5. Zero loss or waste of food.

Please provide us with your feedback on the above list of objectives – or provide your own proposals.  Should some objectives be country-specific, or regional, rather than global? Should the objectives be time-bound?

 

Contribution received:

Muhammad Khalid Jam Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations , Pakistan
21-11-2012

Dear Moderator,

 

All three thematic areas are comprehensive but there are some general consideration which need to be addressed before compiling such a huge (expected) feedback from around the world. 

 

i- All themes need to be specific with reference to geographical or economical or political system distribution. as the hunger, food and nutrition are generally linked with the economical and political condition/system. 

ii- Goals (theme-3) would be more effective if the achievables are linked with time. 

iii- FAO and WFP from the UN system organizations are the key player regarding the hunger, food and nutrition agenda. I would also request to include many other well-known actors in the world working on the same lines with huge experience and innovations.

 

Thanks and best regards

Jam Khalid 

EDO-ERCU, FAO-UN Pakistan

Thomas Mokake Cameroon
20-11-2012

Dear Moderator

 

On Theme 1b: The main challenges and opportunities towards achieving food and nutrition security in the coming years?

 

Here is my initial take:

There is need to limit this geograpgically. As an african, I would like to see this limited to Sub-Saharan Africa, because different broad geographical regions have specific challenges and opportunities, some of them being compromised by the leadership and the greedy elites and at times by the local population. If a people do not want development, what can be done by the international community?

 

The MDGs shall remain a" revolving door", whose achievements shall remain highly marginal with certain cases having imperceptible incremental progress. Of course some countries have made genuine progress.

 

A key element in ensuring food and nutritional security at national levels within SSA and later at regional level for SSA countries should take seriously the AU Maputo declaration that requires SSA countries to devote 10% of country GDP as Agriculture's budget. We all know what budgetting means on paper in some of these countries. Does this 10% quote mean "Effective Budget consumed" accounted for and outputs verifiable with objective indicators to be srcutinised by AU? What happens when the required budget level is not met? What can the AU do about such failures?

 

This brings me to the point that, whether at the level of the UN or AU or whatever regional or sub-regional grouping, policy dialogue to meet the challenges of Food insecurity and Malnutrition, in SSA countries remains a "revolving door". The soveriegnty of nations makes it difficult to ensure that this policy dialogue pays, paving the way for a better life for posterity --- the case of SSA. Every now and then there is an alarm of food insecurity and malnutrition, in most instances the situation is  blamed on "Climate Change" , lack of "Contingency Plans" and Emergency Preparedness.

 

For humanitarian reasons it may be very difficult to accompany these lofty MDGs of the UN, or Goals of the AU-NEPAD with legally binding instruments to ensure their achievements. What can be done to a Government or Regime whose interest is to stay in power and specialise in "Crisis Management" : when food insecurity and malnutrition arise in the country,  that will be recipe for attracting international aid and blindfold the electorate with handouts in order to eternalise the regime.

 

In all of the above, the Elite, Government and the Population must work together and sincerely with oversight provided by the UN or AU. The people would like to know the performance made in meeting the Challenges and Opoortunities, and real rewards given, accordingly.

 

Best regards,
Thomas Mokake,
Buea, Cameroon.

20-11-2012

I wish the process of creating awareness about food security and food wastage management should start at primary education level.

School children should understand what future is going to be for them with out food or agriculture.policies at government level should start focusing about advocating children on food security.

Like science or history, food chain management should start at primary education level in a bigger way.this can include climate change, food security, agriculture, sustainable development, malnutrition and so on.. all new world challenges can be put into a subject and educated.

Only children can make a new world.so educate the children about what past had,presents holds and future offers.

Thomas Mokake Cameroon
20-11-2012

Dear Moderator

The objectives under theme 3 should be time-bound or else according to basics, they are not SMART (cf letter highlighted in italics). How then shall we make meaningful evaluation of them?
Thereafter being time-bound they may require fine-tunning.

Will write more later.

best,

Thomas Mokake
Buea, Cameroon.

Lizzy Nneka Igbine NIWAAFA (Nigerian Women Agro Allied Farmers Association), Nigeria
20-11-2012

This is a good opportunity and a wellcomed developement, we will do justice to it.

I am sending my congratultions for discussing food security and hunger free targets as key issues in millenium developement goals. We will also extray the level of poverty and pro poor developements in developing nations, and the negative growth indices.

 

Thank you and expect my sincere contributions.

 

LIZZY N IGBINE

NATIONAL PRESIDENT

NIWAAFA

NIGERIAN WOMEN AGRO ALLIED FARMERS ASSOCIATION.