The vision of the reformed Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is to strive towards “... a world free from hunger where countries implement the voluntary guidelines for the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security”.1 As an important tool to achieve this vision, the Global Strategic Framework (GSF) will offer a set of guidelines for States, intergovernmental actors, the corporate private sector, and the CFS itself, on how to promote policy coherence within the rights based framework, towards the full realization of the right to adequate food.
The United Nations System High Level Task Force on Global Food Security released a summary version of its Updated Comprehensive Framework for Action (UCFA). The UCFA is the UN system-wide coordinated approach for supporting country and regional actions that lead to sustainable and resilient rural livelihoods and food and nutrition security for all. The summary version of the UCFA has been prepared as an easy-to-read concise document that highlights the concepts supporting the approach and presents its ten key principles for action. For further information on the work of the High Level Task Force and its Updated Comprehensive Framework for Action, please visit the website http://www.un-foodsecurity.org/
The study highlights the losses occurring along the entire food chain, and makes assessments of their magnitude. Further, it identifies causes of food losses and possible ways of preventing them. The results of the study suggest that roughly one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year. This inevitably also means that huge amounts of the resources used in food production are used in vain, and that the greenhouse gas emissions caused by production of food that gets lost or wasted are also emissions in vain.
Food security is a strategic component for a nation’s competitiveness. Furthermore, food security can be viewed as a prerequisite for national security. Hence, the paper will focus more on discussing the strategic meaning of food security in moving toward food independence.