Committee on World Food Security

Making a difference in food security and nutrition

Reducing Inequalities for Food Security and Nutrition

Virtual - Rome, Italy | 22/11/2022

Location: Italian Room, IFAD Headquarters (Rome) (Remote participation provided through Zoom)

Time: 14:00 - 17:00 Rome time

Interpretation services will be provided in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

Introduction: The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will convene a half-day public event on 22 November 2022 (14.00-17.00, CET) in support of the CFS 2020-2023 Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPoW), specifically its workstream on Reducing Inequalities for Food Security and Nutrition. Convened in hybrid modality, the event will be open to all CFS interested parties and relevant institutions, including Members, UN bodies, civil society and private sector organizations, international financial and agricultural research institutions.

Objectives: The objective of the event is to provide the CFS High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE-FSN) with substantive inputs and contributions towards the preparation of a report on this topic, which is expected to be released in the summer of 2023 to inform the preparation of related CFS policy recommendations. The event will present an opportunity to discuss, address and share views on the following questions:

  1. How do political, social, cultural, and economic inequalities around food systems negatively affect food security and nutritional outcomes?
  2. What are the main policy approaches and entry points that are needed, in order to address and reduce these inequalities? And which areas require additional data and further research?

Proposed schedule

Opening Session (14:00-14:05)

Session 1: Impacts – and drivers – of inequalities on food security and nutrition (14:05-15:05)

Presentation of the V0 of the HLPE-FSN Report on Inequalities by Professor Bhavani Shankar, HLPE-FSN Project Team Leader

Followed by interventions from UN bodies and an open floor discussion

Session 2: Policy approaches, entry points, research questions and national experiences in addressing multiple dimensions of inequalities and their impact on food security and nutrition outcomes (15:05-16:40)

Inequalities through a food systems lens: Dr Agnes Quisumbing, Senior Research Fellow (IFPRI)

Income and wealth inequalities in agricultural development: Mr. Matthew Fisher-Post, Research Fellow at Paris School of Economics (World Inequality Lab)

Research and data on informal workers: Ms Megha Desai, Self-employed Women’s Association (SEWA)

Followed by an open floor discussion

Closing session (16:40-17:00)
Wrap-up and closing of the event