Critical and Emerging Issues on food security and nutrition - 2nd Edition

2nd HLPE Note to the CFS

As requested by the Committee on World Food Security of the United Nations (CFS) on the 2nd of August 2016, the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) has produced second note on "Critical and Emerging Issues for Food Security and Nutrition". This note will be presented during the the 44th Plenary Session of the CFS, in October 2017.

This note is the result of a dedicated, extensive process, launched by the HLPE in August 2016 that involved a wide range of knowledge institutions and comprised an open public enquiry, 3 conferences co-organized with specific institutions that allowed direct interaction between different knowledge holders and political decision-makers, as well as a scientific, external peer-review on a first draft of this note.

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

The HLPE Steering Committee hopes that this second note will help progress towards enhanced FSN in the overall framework of the 2030 Agenda.

The HLPE Steering Committee wishes to thank all the experts and the organizations/institutions who contributed to this process. 

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

The enquiry is now closed

Open Enquiry 6 August - 2 December 2016

[Original dates: 6 August - 6 October 2016, extended first to 31 October 2016, then to 2nd December 2016]

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 and a Questionnaire to be filled. Instructions on how to fill the questionnaire can be downloaded here.

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 2 December 2016.

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.