The International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) was formed in 1996 as an informal coalition of international trade associations involved in the agri-food sector at the global level.
The network facilitates liaison and coordination among the member organizations and engages international organizations in the agri-food chain at a global level. The IAFN is the elected focal point of the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) at the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome. The Private Sector Mechanism is an open platform providing a permanent seat for private enterprises right across the agri-food value chain, from farmers, to input providers, to cooperatives, processors, SMEs and food companies.
Emerging has been contracted to provide secretariat services to the International Agri-Food Network. Since its appointment in 2011, Emerging has supported the IAFN to grow to a network strong with 12 permanent members and the Private Sector Mechanism to reach hundreds of members, establishing the Mechanism’s financial sustainability. Emerging coordinates the work of 8 thematic working groups supporting policy coordination and the representation of business in the Committee. In addition, Emerging has played an important role in positioning IAFN as a key player in advocating for agriculture, food security and nutrition in the post-2015 and Sustainable Development Goals negotiations.
Emerging organizes and coordinates all IAFN activities at the annual UN Committee on World Food Security meetings in Rome, Italy. In addition to the ongoing policy coordination work, the team coordinates in particular two delegations a year: one hundred people in October for the annual session of the Committee and about forty people for IAFN and PSM Annual General Meetings in May. Emerging also hosts side-events on behalf of the Network at various international meetings.
Partnership Forum on Livestock
The Private Sector Mechanism to the UN Committee on World Food Security and the Government of Argentina jointly hosted a Partnership Forum on Livestock on June 30 at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome, Italy. The event drew attention to the importance of investment in livestock research, increasing productivity and efficiency, caring for animals, minimizing waste, and promoting healthy diets and adding value through a series of examples of concrete projects and partnerships. The event took place in the margins of the launch of the High-Level Panel of Experts to the Committee of its new report on Sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition: what roles for livestock?. It allowed a varied set of stakeholders from governments, civil society, research and the private sector to share their views and experiences with over 65 attendees, including 30 representatives from 22 different member states.
"Thanks for the excellent support during the event."
- Nico van Belzen, Director general at International Dairy Federation
"Thank you for a very good day - great turn out -
great discussion - very well organized - great job."
- Kasper Thormod Nielsen, Director Global Trade Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Arla Foods
Committee on World Food Security
The Committee for World Food Security (CFS) is the United Nations’ forum for reviewing and following up on policies concerning world food security. It also examines issues which affect the world food situation. It was established as a result of the food crisis of the 1970s, upon recommendation from the 1974 World Food Conference.
Each year, the Private Sector Mechanism joins the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) to discuss the issues and solution on global food security and nutrition.
"A big thank you to you and all the team for a fantastic week (as usual). You organisational skills as well as your deep knowledge of all issues discussed are phenomenal. I came home with so many new contacts and insights. It is indeed a week well spent."
- Katarina Eriksson, Senior Project and Partnership Development Manager, Tetra Laval
"Congratulations on another successful set of meetings! I’m always impressed with what you are able to achieve."
- Helen Medina, Vice President, Product Policy and Innovation, US Council for International Business
"Thanks for your initiative in convincing me to attend Rome’s assembly & the support you & your professional team provided me."
- Tony Mudallal, COO, Midgulf International Ltd