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Civil Society ready to speak as one voice at World Committee on Food Security
13 Oct 2014

13 October 2014, Rome - Civil society representatives met last weekend at the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) to the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) to reflect and prepare together their positions on issues to be discussed at the CFS this week.

Protracted crisis, food losses and waste and fisheries and aquaculture were some of the main topics discussed during their annual forum. Discussions also touched upon the review of the 10 Years of the adoption of the Right to Food Guidelines, the Post-2015 Framework and progress made by the International Year of Family Farming.

The purpose of the CSM is to facilitate civil society participation in agriculture, food security and nutrition policy...

Civil Society Mechanism evaluates the Committee on World Food Security since its reform
11 Oct 2014

11 October 2014, Rome - Civil society plays a crucial role helping building consensus, giving a voice to the hungry, representing the diversity that exists in society and being a part of international decision-making processes, FAO Director-General told civil society representatives today at the Organization’s headquarters, where they began the annual forum of the International Civil Society Mechanism to UN Committee in World Food Security (CFS).

Opening debate

More than 200 civil society representatives will assess this weekend the last five years of the CFS since its reform in 2009.  Civil society representatives will work to...

The Civil Society Mechanism meets for its Annual Forum this weekend at FAO
10 Oct 2014

More than 200 civil society representatives will meet this weekend to discuss issues concerning food security and nutrition during the 2014 Annual Forum of the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) ,  11-12 October at FAO headquarters, as they prepare for the plenary session of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), starting on Monday, 13 October.

This is third consecutive year that FAO is hosting the CSM Annual Forum. Thisyear’s Forum will commemorate Chandrika Sharma, reknown defender of the fisherfolks rights and former participant of the CSM,...

2014 Right to Food and Nutrition Watch launched at FAO
08 Oct 2014

8 October 2014, Rome – “Civil society has played a key role in the implementation of the Guidelines and has contribuited to including the Right to Adequate Food in the constitutions of 28 countries,” stated Jomo K. Sundaram, Assistant Director General – Coordinator for Economic and Social Development Department, FAO, during the presentation of the report by The Right to Food and Nutrition Watch Consortium this morning at FAO Headquarters.

The 2014 Watch analyzes the “gains, concerns and struggles,” in the past ten years since the Voluntary Guidelines on the Right to Adequate Food were approved by the FAO...

FAO receives Brazilian contribution to support family farming
08 Oct 2014

7 October 2014, Rome - FAO and the Brazilian government signed an agreement today in Rome under which Brazil commits to give $ 150 000 to the Multilateral Trust Fund of the International Year of Family Farming, managed by the Organization.

The funds will be used to support the participation of the civil society in the 2014 Global Dialogue on Family Farming, to be held on 25 and 26 October in Rome, and the development of a web-based platform that will include publications, policies and laws related to family farming.

The agreement will also benefit the creation of a...