On June 4 2021, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) had their 48th special session. In the bid to take bold and transformational steps to move the world on to a sustainable and resilient path, the committee met to endorse the Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and other Innovative Approaches for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems that Enhance Food Security and Nutrition. Among the challenges is the fast-growing numbers of undernourished people in the world. It is estimated that 690 million people are suffering from chronic undernourishment, 135 million are faced with acute food insecurity, and 2 billion suffer from moderate food insecurity. Unsustainable agriculture and food systems are putting pressure on the world natural resources and, in addition, extreme poverty among the rural populations and COVID-19 remain a global threat to food security.
October in Rome typically brings beautiful warm weather, a slew of wine and food festivals and hundreds of business professionals, delegates, and government officials to take part in the annual session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). CFS members include 130 Member States, the Civil Society Mechanism, and the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM), and team members from Emerging ag assist with the Secretariat services. Every year over 1,000 people participate in the plenary sessions that take part throughout the week. In the wake of COVID-19 an in-person session was not able to take place. Instead, the CFS Secretariat worked hard to put on a CFS Special High-Level Event. Over the course of three days, October 13 – 15, 12 partner events were hosted as well as a total 9 hours of plenary discussions.
The recent SOFI report brings troubling news, that nearly 690 million people are hungry– this is up by 10 million people in one year and that close to 750 million, or nearly one in ten people in the world, were exposed to severe levels of food insecurity and, potentially, that an estimated 2 billion people in the world did not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food.