Jacopo Valentini


Comments on the draft HLPE 3rd Note on CEEI from WFP’s Climate & Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes Unit:

1. General Comment: The Note on Critical, Emerging and Enduring Issues” (CEEI) affecting Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) is addressing the issues in a silo, while we know that climate, conflict, covid etc. interact and operate in a system. We need to focus on addressing those issues systematically and holistically and develop policies and programing that align objectives, incentives and finance. Maybe a food systems lens could help solve this challenge.

2. Comments specifically regarding Revitalizing Climate Policies for FSN:

a. In what ways have our understandings of the dynamics between climate change, FSN and food systems changed since the HLPE report on climate change was published in  2012? What are the implications of our current understanding of the links between climate and FSN for food security investments and policies and nutrition outcomes? To what extent do the most recent climate policy agreements address food security and climate interactions, and what additional policy directions are needed?

The understanding has changed, also thanks to the UNFSS, the policies however are lagging behind. 

b. What regions and populations are most negatively affected by the synergistic dynamics between climate change and food systems? What are the food systems and regions that contribute most to these dynamics?

Not sure if this framing is useful, as all regions and populations are affected. Maybe better to phrase it in a way to understand how different regions and populations are affected. 

c. To what extent do recent climate-focused technologies and practices for food and agriculture represent real opportunities to build climate resilient food systems and what are their potential costs and challenges might arise especially on fragile groups and fragile environments?

This is a large topic and basically includes the UNFSS game changing solutions. Here maybe a stock take of what UNFSS Alliances and coalitions are working on could help. 

d. What measures are best suited to building more climate resilient food systems for small-scale producers and other vulnerable and marginalized food system actors? 

Again a very large and ambitious topic and UNFSS solutions could shed light.

e. What specific role and policy developments are needed to recognize the role of women in FSN in times of climate emergency and natural disasters?

What about youth?