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CFS Annual Sessions and UNSCN contributions

40th Annual Session

The 40th Annual Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was held in FAO, Rome, Italy from 7 - 11 October 2013. 

The UNSCN in collaboration with its member agencies FAO, IFAD, WFP, WHO, UNICEF and Action Contre la Faim (ACF) organized its side event:

Improving nutrition through agriculture: What agriculture can do more for nutrition
8th October 2013, Iran Room, FAO HQ, Rome

From left to right: Mr Etienne du Vachat, Food Security Advocacy Officer, ACF France; Dr. Anna Lartey, Director Nutrition Division, FAO; Prof Hettie C Schönfeldt, University of Pretoria and Martin Bloem, Senior Nutrition Advisor, WFP  
From left to right: Mr. Etienne du Vachat, Food Security Advocacy Officer, ACF France; Dr. Anna Lartey, Director Nutrition Division, FAO; Prof. Hettie C Schönfeldt, University of Pretoria and Mr. Martin Bloem, Senior Nutrition Advisor, WFP.

This side event presented current work and research on nutrition impacts of agriculture and food systems. It contributed to strengthening the dialogue on nutrition within the CFS and advance the discussion on how the CFS can contribute to accelerate progress in nutrition improvement.

The agenda of the event is avaliable here.


Nutrition sensitivity of the South African food system, by Prof. Hettie C Schönfeldt, University of Pretoria; and Dr Zibusiso Dlamini, DAFF, South Africa. 

Integrating nutrition within agricultural policies in Kenya, Burkina Faso and Peru: challenges and opportunities, by Mr. Etienne du Vachat, Food Security Advocacy Officer, ACF France. 

Key recommendations for improved nutrition through agriculture, by Ms. Charlotte Dufour, Food Security Nutrition and Livelihood Officer, FAO.

Leveraging agriculture for better nutritional outcomes, by Prof. Prakash Shetty, University of Southampton, UK.

For further information on the 40th Annual Session of CFS and side events, click here.

Informal Consultation on Hunger, Food and Nutrition Security in the post-2015 Development Agenda,  11 February, 2013 from 9:30 - 12:30 and 14:30-17:30 in the Red Room of FAO, Rome (Italy)

FAO and WFP are co-leading the thematic consultation as part of the post-2015 process. The consultation with CFS stakeholders is part of three step process which seeks to engage a broad range of actors, including:

1. An on-line consultation, moderated by the Food Security Network Forum;
2. An informal consultation with the stakeholders of the CFS, on 11 February 2013; and
3. A high level consultation in April 2013 in Madrid, hosted by the Government of Spain and Colombia.

A concept note summarizing the rationale, purpose and expected outcomes of the informal consultation as well as an issues paper are available. The UNSCN will be attending the consultation and be advocating for adequate attention to food and nutrition security.

39th Annual Session

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 39th Annual Session took place from 15-20 October 2012. The UNSCN jointly with the CFS Secretariat guided the work of the Task Team on ‘coming to terms with terminology' and presented the paper in plenary on 16th October 2012. The UNSCN also organized a CFS side event: 
                                                                             Nutrition in CFS:
                                       Strenghtening the connections and ensuring accountability
                                                               17 October 2012 in FAO HQ, Rome

Representatives from Guatemala, Civil Society, the EU, UN agencies including FAO, WFP and WHO, and the SUN Movement shared their perspectives on strengthening food and nutrition security in the CFS and ensuring accountability for nutrition. This event stimulated a dialogue on the need, experiences and challenges regarding measurements and results/accountability frameworks for nutrition, and nutrition sensitivity in agriculture and food security. Download the side event report (pdf).

38th Annual Session

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 38th Annual Session took place on 11 May 2012.

37th Annual Session

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 37th Annual Session took place from 17th- 22nd October 2011. The UNSCN was part of the Task Team organizing a Round Table on "Gender, Food Security and Nutrition". The UNSCN also co-organized a CFS side event:

                              Towards Food and Nutrition Security: How to strengthen nutrition in CFS
                                                         Challenges, opportunities and needs
                                                           19 October 2011 in FAO HQ, Rome
Co-organized by the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN), the Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] and the World Food Programme [WFP].

Representatives from Brazil, Guatemala, Tanzania, Senegal, Malawi, the US, Ireland, France, civil society and the private sector shared their perspectives on the linkages between food security and nutrition.
The event brought together voices from key stakeholders all at varying roles to play and all at different stages in the fight against food insecurity and malnutrition. While each panelist brought a unique perspective to the debate, a few common themes quickly surfaced: Partnerships are truly one of the key ingredients to success.  Governments, civil society or the private sector alone cannot solve the very complex issue of malnutrition.  However, promising results happen when partnerships are mobilized.  ‘Nutrition-sensitive' approaches are key in ensuring that poverty reduction translates into improved nutritional outcomes and multi-stakeholder approaches are essential in establishing and implementing such approaches. 

For downloading the side event final report, click here.  

36th Annual Session

At the 36th Annual Session of the intergovernmental CFS, the UNSCN co-organized a side event with the FAO entitled "Nutrition and Food Security: Making the Connection". The aim of this side event was to inform the CFS constituencies of latest initiatives in the field of nutrition and how the CFS can contribute to accelerate progress in nutrition improvement.

The side event highlighted the need to strengthen nutrition within the CFS by bringing a nutrition lens to all of its workstreams and using nutrition indicators as measures of success. This will add a solid intergovernmental base to improve nutrition, save lives and ensure food and nutrition security for all. 

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