The three phases:
Phase 3: High level Consultation hosted by the Governments of Spain and Colombia Madrid, 4th April 2013
Phase 2: WFP-FAO convened consultation of the Committee on World Food Security stakeholders, 11th February 2013
This meeting aimed at refining the emerged issues in the on line consultation and define key messages for the Post 2015 Framework on Food Security and Nutrition.
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Written contributions to the WFP-FAO convened consultation of the Committee on World Food Security stakeholders:
Government of Spain,UN Women, International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty Government of Japan, Olivier De Schutter - Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Government of Switzerland, United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition, Government of the Netherlands, Civil Society organisations, Private Sector Mechanism
Phase 1: On-line consultation moderated by the FSN Forum "Hunger, Food and Nutrition Security - towards a pots-2015 development agenda" (19/11/2012 - 10/01/2013)
Summary of key themes emerged from the FSN moderated Post 2015 on-line consultation on food security and nutrition
The online consultation elicited over 270 contributions from a diverse set of respondents. This included views from governments, from NGOs and CSOs, from academia, from professional bodies and interest groups, the private sector and individuals. The geographical scope was wide, drawing from all countries in most of the regions, north and south, developed and developing. Contributions were essentially policy positions and views - views were not systematically supported by a review of the evidence.
Distribution of comments received
The overall feedback provided strong implicit and explicit support for priority emphasis on food security, and nutrition in the next iteration of global development goals. Contributors conveyed both an appreciation of the central importance of good nutrition and healthy diets as a precondition for attaining a range of human development goals, and a sense of unfinished business. While stopping short of detailed policy prescriptions – which contributors stated are probably best developed principally at the national level. Contributors agreed there is a need for ambitious objectives, and a stronger, better-targeted framework to guide and prioritize action to eradicate hunger and all forms of malnutrition. The Zero Hunger Challenge was mentioned as a good example.
A number of key issues were proposed to sharpen the formulation of a next set of hunger and nutrition related goals:
Several contributions emphasized the need to keep pace with the projected rapid growth in global demand for food. Part of the response, it was argued, requires continued increases in productivity – in ways that are sustainable, equitable and resilient. Small-holder agriculture was highlighted repeatedly as being essential for achieving multiple goals in many developing country contexts. In addition many contributors asserted that food availability can be significantly improved through a reduction of the estimated 30% waste of food produced. Some advocated reducing the diversion of limited food resources to bio-fuels and animal feeds.
Several contributors highlighted the importance of ensuring food access: As the affordability of food relates largely to questions of incomes, this has cross-over with other goals and the wider anti-poverty agenda, such as the desire for decent jobs. Boosting smallholder and rural incomes, and establishing a social protection floors, including food assistance, with expanded access to safety nets was a priority in many contributions. Contributors also differed on food price policy, with some contributors advocating market liberalization, and others calling for state interventions in food markets.
Concerning national policy issues, several contributions called for an intermediate goal calling for political commitment to hunger reduction by all states. Strengthening land tenure rights especially for women – based on the respective voluntary guidelines was seen by many contributors as an essential objective. A second element was the level budgetary commitment to food security and nutrition – by all countries not just donors.
Records of the contributions received during the online consultation