Online Food Security Forum

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has launched an online e-Consultation forum that opened on 26 July and will run until 15 October 2011. It is designed to support the work of the Committee on World Food Security by taking advantage of innovative technologies to gather views and inputs from relevant partners.

The CFS underwent a reform process to be the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for a broad range of committed stakeholders to work together in a coordinated manner, and in support of country-led processes towards the elimination of hunger and ensuring food security and nutrition for all human beings. Further background on the CFS reform can be obtained from the CFS Reform Document.

CFS Faciltator Francisco Sarmento said the objective of this online consultation is to give to all stakeholders, at national, regional and global levels, the opportunity to provide concrete inputs and suggestions to one of the important tasks agreed to by the Committee, which is to develop a Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition (GSF), an important framework to enhance the roles of the reformed CFS and to guide food security and nutrition policies and action at all levels. A summary of this online consultation will be presented at the 37th Session of the CFS, which will take place in Rome between 17-22 October 2011.

Guiding questions for the consultation process include:

  1. Is the rationale, purpose, and function of the GSF clearly stated, and if not, what specific changes would you suggest?
  2. Are there structural causes of food insecurity and malnutrition and additional long-term challenges that should be considered, which do you think are the most relevant?
  3. Are there additional issues to be considered, and which do you think are most relevant for the GSF to include?
  4. Are there additional policy options that should be considered, and which policy options do you think are most relevant for the GSF to include?
  5. Regarding monitoring progress towards food security and nutrition objectives at all levels (national, regional, global), what kind of guidance should the GSF provide, and to whom?

The Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) forum team and the CFS Secretariat will do all that is possible to ensure that “the voices of all relevant CFS stakeholders – particularly those most affected by food insecurity – are heard” as stated in the CFS Reform Document.

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