The 45th Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

This October 15-19, the 45th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will take place in Rome, Italy. This Plenary session is an opportunity for many stakeholders to gather for discussion, debate, and decision-making on the most pressing issues in food security today. The world’s largest and most diverse policymaking body on food security, CFS is open to all UN member states, the private sector, civil society, philanthropic organizations, and research groups. The annual weeklong Plenary session is free to attend and is filled with side events, Plenary discussions, poster presentations, networking opportunities, and bilateral meetings.

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Turning the Corner for our Food Future

The future of food continues to be one of the most pressing global challenges, with malnutrition profoundly affecting every country. Around 800 million people are still undernourished, billions of people face vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and problems of overweight and obesity are growing fast and fuelling an epidemic of diet-related non-communicable diseases. With such scale and complexity, countries are trying to figure out: where do we start? 

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Summary of Side Event Investing for Reshaping Food Systems

In  the  context  of  the  2018  United  Nations  High  Level  Political  Forum  (HLPF),  the  Permanent  Missions  of  Canada  and  Jamaica  to  the  United  Nations  and  the  International  Food  Policy  Research  Institute  (IFPRI)  hosted  a  side  event, Investing for Reshaping Food Systems,  to  bring  attention  to  the  importance  of  investing  in  reshaping  food  systems  to  deliver  the  Sustainable  Development  Goals  (SDGs)  and  achieve  broad-based  development. The  side  event  convened  on  11  July  2018  in  Conference  Room  9  and  advocated  key  policies  and  investments  to  reshape  food  systems  that  can  help  us  achieve  multiple  SDGs  by  2030  –  food  systems  that  are  efficient,  inclusive,  climate-smart,  sustainable,  nutrition-  and  health-driven,  and  business-friendly. 

Read the full summary for the side event "Investing for Reshaping Food Systems"

Learn more about IFPRI:

https://www.ifpri.org/

Robynne Anderson is awarded the 2018 Women in Agribusiness Demeter Award of Excellence

Three exceptional women in agribusiness have been chosen to receive the 2018 WIA Demeter Award of Excellence. The award recognizes those who have achieved excellence in their field or demonstrated an extraordinary contribution to the agribusiness industry. 

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Balancing our Approach to Agriculture: The Global Livestock Advocacy for Development

I have thoroughly enjoyed working on the Global Livestock Advocacy for Development (GLAD) project. GLAD is a two-year project working to raise interest in livestock-related research for development. 

GLAD distils and presents evidence on sustainable livestock and its development impacts. Since the project was launched in 2016, progress has been exciting. Recently, key livestock actors convened at several high level international events and engaged stakeholders in livestock advocacy communications. This engagement led to the inclusion of livestock in key global policy discussions relating to food security and sustainable development. 

This project has highlighted why we need to rebalance our approach to agriculture and value all its components from crops, to livestock, to horticulture, to agro-forestry, to fisheries.

Read "Enhancing global livestock advocacy for sustainable development" on the ILRI news site.

Learn more about GLAD: 

whylivestockmatter.org/   

www.ilri.org/  

 

Urgent action needed to reverse rise in hunger, warns FAO at HLPF

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) raised the alarm of increasing hunger in the world, at the 2018 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York.

“Three years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, hunger is on the rise and urgent action is needed to ensure the trend is reversed. At the same time, obesity and other forms of malnutrition are a growing concern not only in developed but also in developing countries”, said Lucas Tavares, FAO Senior Liaison Officer, speaking at the General Debate.

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POGA Recipe Contest Winners Announced

During the month of May, Emerging worked with the Prairie Oat Growers Association of Canada to run the fourth annual oat recipe contest. This contest, which was open to all residents and citizens of Mexico, served multiple purposes: to celebrate the creativity of Mexican chefs, be they professional or amateur; to promote the incredible versatility of oats as an ingredient to include far beyond a bowl of morning oatmeal; and to raise awareness of the many health benefits of oats. 

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WhyLivestockMatter Website Launch

Livestock are critical for global development yet often overlooked. The world’s cows, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry and other farm animals are the mainstay of livelihoods the world over. And the energy and nutrient-dense milk, meat, and eggs these animals produce provide hundreds of millions of families in the world’s poorer countries with essential food and nutrition.

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UNFCCC: A Roadmap for Agriculture and Climate Change

Farmers rely on the weather and the environment in its entirety for their production and livelihoods. Changes in the frequency and severity of major weather events, such as droughts and floods, are posing significant challenges for farmers and threaten food security, especially in developing countries. In addition, agricultural activities, such as crop and livestock production, are significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Globally agricultural emissions currently account for 12-14% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These are projected to increase by 20-30% by 2020, as estimates indicate we will need to increase food production by as much as 60-70% by 2050.

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Celebrating World Milk Day Events

Since 2001, World Milk Day has been observed by the United Nations on June 1st. It was initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN to mark the importance of dairy. World Milk Day focuses on raising public awareness about the importance of milk as part of a healthy and balanced diet and as an agricultural product – in other words, with the perspective of a consumer and also with the perspective of a producer.

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