Committee on World Food Security

Making a difference in food security and nutrition

CFS High-Level Special Event on Global Governance of Food Security and Nutrition

Date: 13 - 15 October 2020

Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm (Rome time)

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will organize a High-Level Virtual Special Event on Global Governance of Food Security and Nutrition, 13 - 15 October 2020. The session, in lieu of CFS 47 which has been rescheduled to 8 - 12 February 2021 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, will seek to keep food security and nutrition front and centre on the global sustainable development agenda.

Over the course of these 3 days, CFS will organize three high-level virtual plenaries, one per day, to:

  1. Take stock of the global food security situation guided by the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) 2020 report and the CFS High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) report on Building a Global Narrative towards 2030;
  2. Reflect on the impacts of COVID-19 on global food security and nutrition and efforts needed to “build back better” using the HLPE issues paper on Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition: Developing Effective Policy Responses to Address the Hunger and Malnutrition Pandemic; and
  3. Discuss the draft CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition and the draft CFS Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches, and consider their relevance to the objectives of the UN Food Systems Summit.



The Special Event will be attended by thousands of people who care about global food security and nutrition, Speakers will include the UN Deputy Secretary General, Heads of UN agencies (FAO, WFP, IFAD, WHO, UNICEF and ILO), ministers of agriculture from around the globe, and a variety of food security leaders from every continent. See CFS Special Event PROGRAMME for more on the speakers and sessions we have lined up for you.


Moderator: Musonda Mumba, Chair, Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR)

Part 1: Opening Ceremony (30 mins)

  • Welcome remarks and event overview by Thanawat Tiensin, CFS Chairperson
  • CFS keynote opening video
  • Remarks by Qu Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Remarks by Gilbert Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Remarks by David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP)

Part 2: Setting the Scene: Evidence and Science (20 mins)

  • Food security and nutrition: building a global narrative towards 2030 by Jennifer Clapp, Team Leader CFS HLPE Steering Committee
  • State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020 (SOFI 2020) presentation by Máximo Torero, Chief Economist, FAO
  • Cost of achieving SDG-2 targets by 2030. Presentation of Ceres2030 project by Carin Smaller, Director, Agriculture, Trade and Investment International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Research at the heart of transformation by Kundhavi Kadiresan, Managing Director, Global Engagement and Innovation, CGIAR

Part 3: Moderated Open Discussion (30 mins)

Part 4: Country-led Action: Ministerial Roundtable (50 mins)

  • H.E. Syahrul Yasin Limpo, Minister for Agriculture, Indonesia
  • The Rt. Hon Zac Goldsmith, Minister of State, Minister for Pacific and the Environment, UK
  • Aladdin D. Rillo, Deputy Secretary General, Economic Development, ASEAN
  • Martien van Nieuwkoop, Global Director, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, World Bank
  • Nzira Razão Deus, Youth Constituency Co-Coordinator, CFS Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSM) representative, World March of Women
  • Yunike Phiri Nhari, CEO Zambia Young Emerging Farmers Association (ZAYEFA) and youth representative from CSF Private Sector Mechanism (PSM)

Part 5: Audience Interactive Question & Answer Session (45 mins)

Part 6: Wrap-up and key highlights by moderator. Closing remarks by CFS Chair (5 mins)



Moderator: David Nabarro, Strategic Director, 4SD

Part 1: Opening and Welcome (5 mins)

Thanawat Tiensin, CFS Chairperson.

Part 2: Setting the Scene (30 mins)

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General World Health Organization – Keynote address on the COVID-19 crisis, main global food security and nutrition challenges caused by the pandemic and country responses.
  • Martin Cole, Chairperson, HLPE Steering Committee, on existing data and research gaps in the response to COVID-19.
  • Guy Ryder, Director General, International Labour Organization (ILO).

Part 3: Panel Discussion: Coping strategies, lessons learned and building resilience to prevent future pandemics (70 mins)

  • H.E. Luis Eugenio Basterra, Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Argentina
  • Shri Kailash Choudhary, Honourable Minister of State (Agriculture and Farmers Welfare), Government of India
  • Gabriel Ferrero, Director General for Sustainable Development Policies, Spain
  • André Luzzi, CFS Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSM) representative, Habitat International Coalition
  • Gunhild Stordalen, Founder and Executive Chair, EAT Forum
  • Jimmy Smith, Director-General, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Diane Holdorf, Managing Director, Food and Nature, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and CFS Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) representative

Part 4: Audience Interactive Question & Answer Session (70 mins)

Part 5: Wrap-up, closing remarks by moderator (5 mins)



Moderator: Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy, City University of London

Part 1: Opening and Welcome (5 mins)

  • Thanawat Tiensin, CFS Chairperson
  • International Day of Rural Women tribute by Dali Nolasco Cruz, Coordinator of the Indigenous Terra Madre network in Latin America and the Caribbean

Part 2: Setting the Scene (10 mins)

Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General - Keynote address on rethinking the governance of food systems to achieve SDG 2

Part 3: Rapid Fire Interventions: Responses to the keynote address, focusing on strategies to drive food systems transformation at scale. (15 mins)

  • H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner, Agriculture and Rural Economy, African Union
  • H.E. Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, European Union

Part 4: Panel Discussion: Contribution of the two ongoing CFS policy processes towards sustainable food systems (60 mins).

  • H.E. Julia Klöckner, Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, Germany
  • H.E. Mariam Al Mehairi, Minister for Food and Water Security, United Arab Emirates
  • H.E. Limber Cruz, Minister for Agriculture, Dominican Republic
  • Patrick Webb, Technical Advisor, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (GLOPAN)
  • Robert Saik, CEO AGvisorPRO, Canada and CFS Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) Representative
  • Shalmali Guttal, Executive Director, Focus on the Global South and CFS Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSM) representative

Part 5: Audience Interactive Question & Answer Session (60 mins)

Part 6: CFS and the 2021 Food Systems Summit (20 mins)

  • Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF
  • Michael Fakhri, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
  • Agnes Kalibata, UN Food Systems Summit Special Envoy

Part 7: Event Closing Ceremony (10 mins)

  • Closing video (Good for All) by the SDG-2 Advocacy Hub
  • Closing remarks and next steps by CFS Chairperson



To enrich and complement the plenary discussions and to give its partners and stakeholders an opportunity to highlight their work, CFS will organize 12 virtual partners events over the three days – 4 per day. The partners events (two in the morning before plenary and two in the afternoon after plenary), will be hosted/co-hosted and organized by CFS stakeholders. Each event will be allocated one and a half hours. Here is a Schedule of the 12 Partners Events 




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

Plenaries Recordings