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Side event at CFS 42: "Joining efforts on sustainable food and agriculture"

08 October 2015

FAO's Strategic Objective 2 and The European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development are jointly organizing a side event entitled "Joining efforts on sustainable food and agriculture", Thursday October 15, from 08:30 to 09:30, on the occasion of the 42nd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 42), at FAO HQ, Rome.

Only by applying sustainable agricultural practices will we be able to feed the world’s growing population, today and tomorrow. To tackle this challenge and achieve food security, actors from different sectors and levels must work together.

FAO and EU are joining forces through various initiatives. This side event will present the priorities and commitments of FAO and DG DEVCO and discuss the role of development partners to facilitate the shift to sustainable agriculture. The wide range of stakeholders in the audience, including civil society, academia, the private sector and country representatives, will be invited to participate in an open discussion and share their experiences on these topics.


08:00 Coffee/tea and croissants will be served before the opening of the side event

08:30 Opening by the co-chairs:

  • Laurent Thomas, Assistant Director General, Technical Cooperation Department, FAO
  • Laurence Argimon Pistre, EU Ambassador to FAO

08:40 What is Sustainable Agriculture? Concepts, approaches and FAO's vision (Jean-Marc Faures)

08:50 Sustainable Agriculture in the European Union's development cooperation strategy (Roberto Aparicio, DG DEVCO)

09:00 Open discussion and questions from the audience

09:25 Concluding remarks: Laurent Thomas

09:30 Closure


The 42dn Session of the Committee on Food Security will take place in headquarters from 12 - 15 October during World Food Week (WFW).

For more more information on DG DEVCO, click here 

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