Rethink > Repurpose > Reform lunchtime side event at CFS 49 on 14 October

08 Oct 2021
MAFAP will be organising a side event at the 49th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) on overhauling agricultural support for better food security and nutrition.


MAFAP and the Agrifood Economics Division at FAO will hold a side event with UNEP and UNDP during the margins of the Committee on Food Security on 14 October 2021. 


The lunchtime event taking place at 12:45-14:15 CEST/Rome time, will bring together stakeholders and government to rethink, repurpose and reform agricultural support, outlining HOW countries can repurpose their support to farmers in a way that is better for the natural environment and human health. 

Most of today's support is not fit for purpose, thus jeopardizing efforts to improve food security and nutrition. Current support is heavily biased towards measures that are distortive, inefficient, uequally distributed.

The agenda is as follows:

Welcome by moderator Natalie Becker-Aakervik

Opening remarks from:

  • Andrew Bovarnick, Global Head, Food and Agriculture Global Commodity Systems Strategy, UNDP
  • Steven Stone, Chief, Resources and Markets Branch, UNEP

1-minute video interlude 

Presentation of main findings from inter-agency report on repurposing agricultural support by:

  • Marco V. Sánchez, Deputy Director and OiC day-to-day matters, Agrifood Economics Division, FAO

Panel debate with:

  • Arianna Giuliodori, Secretary General, World Farmers' Organisation
  • Jean Pierre Senghor, Executive Secretary, National Council for Food Security, Senegal
  • Madhur Gautam, Lead Economist, Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank
  • Jonathan Brooks, Head of Agricultural and Resource Policies, OECD

Closing words by:

  • Máximo Torero Cullen, Chief Economist, FAO


See the full agenda and concept note here.

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