CFS Policy Dialogue on Innovation, Water, and Global Food Security at the World Food Security Forum (MENA)

Date: 16 November 2020

To feed a global population projected to reach 10 billion by 2050, innovative approaches to our food production will remain essential to ensuring safe, sufficient, nutritious, and affordable food for all. The aim of this dialogue is to encourage concerned actors to strengthen water governance regimes, invest in improved water management for food systems, and promote access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and sustainable utilisation of our water resources to ensure food security and nutrition now and into the future.

  • Highlight CFS’s collaborative, multi-stakeholder contribution to international policy convergence, particularly in the areas of innovation and water.
  • Critical importance of innovation to sustainable food production, especially in the area of water resources, including developments in water tenure rights and research.
  • What policies and innovations do we need to ensure global food security and nutrition, given increasingly scarce water resources especially in the MENA region?
  • How CFS and other institutions are working to drive progress on the SDG’s and the present Decade of Action, including the planned 2021 UN Food Systems Summit?



Moderator: Chris Hegadorn, Secretary, Committee on World Food Security (CFS)


  • Dr Mahmoud El Solh, Steering Committee Member, CFS High Level Panel of Experts; Former DG, ICARDA
  • Dr Sasha Koo-Oshima, Deputy Director of Land and Water Division, Food and Agriculture Authority of the United Nations (UN FAO)
  • Dr Juan Lucas Restreppo, Director General, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT Headquarters, Rome



If you have any questions and/or for more information, please contact the CFS Secretariat at [email protected]