Dr. Florence Egal
household food security, nutrition, sustainable livelihoods, local food systems, rural-urban linkages
Florence has been working with FAO in Food Security, Nutrition and Livelihoods until she retired as senior officer in 2013 and was actively engaged with the Rome-based Climate Study Circle. She is a member of the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition Climate Change and Nutrition e-group
Dr. Florence Egal
Thanks for this opportunity to contribute. As you well know, this is a topic I have been involved for decades including in the OEWG on Urbanisation and Rural Transformation. While I understand the trade offs that lead to the title of a HLPE report, the terminology urban and per-urban food systems is in my view too restrictive in the present global development agenda context (human rights, climate, health, conflict, energy, food, connectivity, mobility, natural resources management, e.g. biodiversity etc.). The time has finally come to reorient our work in the context of integrated territorial development and urban rural partnerships, food systems being clearly a major entry point.
The present document is in my view biased to local food supply and short value chains. This is of course crucial but the report should adopt a broader perspective. The “territorial dimension of food systems for the realisation of the human right to food” is indeed essential.
The rationale should be expanded:
2. Good practices and successful experiences
Catering, and in particular collective catering (both public – e.g. school canteens - and private – e.g. enterprise catering), can and is playing a key role in reorienting diets, providing markets to family agriculture, strengthen local food processing, minimise waste and packaging etc. and overall reviving local economies.
There should be explicit mention of e-commerce.
Kindly include Urban-rural linkages: Guiding Principles- Framework for Action to Advance Integrated Territorial Development
You may also want to check the following documents, which were elaborated in preparation of the 2021UN FSS
Given the key role of conflicts in food insecurity , both international and internal conflicts should definitely be mentioned. But if this report is meant for a world audience, explicit reference to the war in Ukraine should be removed. As an African colleague of mine once told me, I could not possibly share this with counterparts in Haiti, Syria or Afghanistan…
Looking forward to the V0 version...