Critical and Emerging Issues on food security and nutrition

Note to the CFS

As requested by the Committee on World Food Security of the United Nations (CFS) during its 40th Session, the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) has produced a short note on Critical and Emerging Issues in the area of food security and nutrition. The note will be included in the background documents for the 41st Session of the CFS.

This note is the result of a dedicated, extensive process which the HLPE launched in November 2013, and which involved a wide range of knowledge institutions, an open public inquiry, as well as peer-reviews on the design of the process and on a first draft of this final note.

The whole process is fully transparent and detailed in the documents available in this page:

The Steering Committee of the HLPE hopes that this note will be of use to the broad community interested in food and nutrition security worldwide.

The HLPE wishes to thank all the experts and the organizations/institutions that have provided inputs, as well as the peer reviewers who reviewed a draft of the concept note and/or a draft of the final note. 

The note is now available in the other CFS official languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.



[The Inquiry is now closed]

Open Inquiry 16 January - 15 March 2014

The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), is launching, at the request of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) a study on critical and emerging issues in the area of food security and nutrition, to inform the work of the CFS.

This work is in line with one of the key functions of the HLPE, science-policy interface of the CFS, which is to “identify emerging issues, and help members prioritize future actions and attentions on key focal areas”.

By definition, emerging issues are challenging to identify. This is why the HLPE seeks to involve very largely the scientific and knowledge community by requesting this community, in its wide diversity, to provide documented inputs on those issues which are considered critical and emerging for food security and nutrition.

The methodology which the HLPE will follow to produce its report to CFS is described in the following Concept and Process note. A Questionnaire is also attached, with a short Notice on how it should be filled. You can suggest and document any issue you might find worthwhile to be presented, up to 10 in total. Kindly use one separate form for each issue. Please return the forms in word format by e-mail to cfs-hlpe [at] by 15 March 2014.

As part of this process, and unless you request otherwise, your contributions (forms) would be published as such in the proceedings of the inputs received by the HLPE.

Critical and emerging issues for FSN are serious issues for the international and intergovernmental community at CFS.

The HLPE thanks you warmly for your contribution.