CFS 51 Events: Committee On World Food Security

With our seven guiding Principles steering our path and driving our mission to advance the case for food systems transformation, the Global Alliance is thrilled to be part of the following in-person and hybrid sessions at this year’s 51st plenary session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 51), taking place between 23 and 27 October 2023 in a hybrid format in Rome, Italy.

Human rights-based food governance: Coordinating policy responses and rebalancing power 

Date: 23 October 2023
Time: 13:30 – 14:45 CET / 11:30 – 12:45 UTC
Languages: English, Español and Français
Location: Iran Room and via Livestream
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Deep power asymmetries in food system governance block the transformation we need. International initiatives are proliferating, but they are often fragmented, neglect the voices of the countries and constituencies most affected by multiple crises, and promote solutions that are incompatible with the long-term transformation needed. Moreover, for decades, the institutions, policies, and norms that affect decision-making about food have been impacted by corporate overreach, undermining the public good and the rights of people and communities (especially those most affected by hunger and malnutrition) to engage in food governance on their own terms.

It is urgent and essential to critically examine the governance architecture of food to guarantee food system decision-making prioritizes the public good and the right to food for all. This side-event will examine how the upcoming CFS MYPoW can strengthen its mandate as a global policy coordination body and its role in promoting accountability. Drawing inspiration from successful initiatives such as the World Health Organization’s tobacco control frameworks, the side event will explore actionable accountability mechanisms to ensure public-interest-based decision-making.

The event is co-hosted by CSIPM, the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, and Mexico.

Boosting Finance In Agroecology To Achieve Rio Convention’s Targets

Date: 25 October 2023
Time: 8:30 – 9:45 AM CET / 06:30 – 7:45 AM UTC
Languages: English, Español and Français
Location: FAO Red Room and via Livestream
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Agroecological approaches are increasingly recognized as powerful levers for solving major challenges that the current agricultural and food systems face. Thus, boosting finance in agroecology would greatly accelerate the food system transformations necessary to achieve the Rio Conventions’ targets on climate, biodiversity and desertification.

The Session will discuss:

  1. How synergistic implementation through agroecology leads to better outcomes, more coherence, increased investments, and reduced costs in implementing Rio Conventions’ targets.
  2. How varied funding strategies can be aligned and coordinated to boost investments in agroecology and accelerate food systems transformation.
  3. A methodological tool to track how much projects, programmes or portfolios of projects contribute to agroecological transformations, based on the 13 principles of agroecology.

The event is co-hosted by the Agroecology Coalition, Agroecology Fund, Global Alliance for the Future of Food, IFOAM – Organics International, and WWF.

If you are a journalist covering CFS 51, Global Alliance spokespeople are available for comment and interviews. Please contact:
Maria Elena De Matteo
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