Committee monitors progress since the World Food Summit

The 24th Session of FAO's Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will convene in Rome from 2 to 5 June. A progress report on the implementation of the World Food Summit's Plan of Action and the development of information and mapping systems to determine who and where the world's food-insecure are will be main items on the agenda.

Twenty-fourth Session of the Committee on World Food Security

Rome, Italy, 2-5 June 1998

Pre-sessional documents are available on the FAO Web site in five official languages - Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish.

The 1996 World Food Summit was an extraordinary occasion, bringing heads of state from around the globe together to consider solutions to one of humankind's most fundamental stumbling blocks to progess - hunger. At the Summit, the CFS was made responsible for monitoring progress towards the goals set out by the Summit.

At the CFS's 23rd Session in 1997, national governments, United Nations agencies, and other international organizations were asked to report on actions taken towards achieving the objectives of the Plan's seven commitments. Information received so far shows a global commitment to act on all aspects of the multifaceted fight against food insecurity. Mechanisms have been put in place to promote, coordinate and monitor follow-up to the Summit.

Working to meet the Summit commitment calling for "full and equal participation of women and men" in achieving food for all, for example, Haiti has introduced a 1997-2001 plan against women's poverty, new family policies and laws have been instituted in Mauritania and Morocco, and Viet Nam has developed the 2000 Plan for Women.

The CFS will also review the development of Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Information and Mapping Systems (FIVIMS). Recommended by the World Food Summit as important tools in achieving its goal of reducing the number of undernourished people in the world by at least half by 2015, FIVIMS not only aim at identifying hungry people and those who may become hungry, but also at providing information about the causes of their food insecurity and vulnerability. This information, gathered at the global, national and subnational levels, is critical in determining where food assistance and technical support should be directed to be most effective.

Other items on the agenda include an assessment of the world food security situation as well as arrangements for monitoring progress towards the 2015 goal of halving the number of undernourished.

15 May 1998

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