CFS47: Making a Difference in Food Security and Nutrition

Every year, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) meets in October to discuss issues pertaining to food security. This year, due to the global pandemic, the conference was held virtually from the 8th -11th February 2021, among other items, to endorse the  CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition. The theme for CFS 47 was “Making A Difference in Food Security and Nutrition”. The plenary provided a unique worldwide platform where food security and nutrition stakeholders from all over the world agreed on policy guidance, reviewed global progress, networked, and shared experiences. 

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Vital work of Codex Alimentarius continues despite COVID-19

Safe food and equitable international trade in food commodities depend on the establishment of Codex standards which are based on science and risk-based standards.  The Covid-19 pandemic has also added clarity to the link between trade and global food security and highlighted the need for more resilience in the global food system.

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Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award - Nominations Open


Great leadership is about having a vision of an improved world, acting on that vision and inspiring others to do the same.

  • A good leader is a visionary, not a dreamer: someone who not only dreams and talks about a better world but steps up to realize his vision. 
  • A good leader is innovative and creative: someone who seeks new solutions to a problem and provides the knowledge and methods to take them into action. 
  • A good leader is passionate: someone who is driven by a passion about his or her work to improve the current situation. 
  • A good leader has courage: someone who rises and takes initiative in difficult times. 
  • A transformative leader is an inspiration: someone who inspires, encourages, and helps other people achieving improvement.

In this spirit, Sight and Life has announced the Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award 2019 to be presented this November at the SUN Global Gathering in Nepal.

Do you know a leader changing the future of nutrition? Please submit a nomination for the Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award 2019 by September 30, 2019. 


David Nabarro, 2012; Robert Black, 2013; Anna Lartey, 2014; Shawn Baker, 2015; Shilpa Bhatte and Ellen Piwoz, 2017




The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI 2019) launched at the HLPF in New York

The launch of the 2019 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI 2019) report was one of the key moments at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF 2019 under the auspices of ECOSOC) currently ongoing in New York City.

SOFI 2019 paints a grim picture with concerns that the Zero Hunger target (SDG2) may not be achieved as world hunger rises for the third year in a row. There were 821 million people critically undernourished in the world last year, a rise from 811 million in 2017. In their pre-launch statement, FAO’s DG José Graziano da Silva and Máximo Torero (Assistant Director-General for the Economic and Social Development Department at FAO) highlighted the urgency to improve nutrition and fast-track food security for all, noting that “the Zero Hunger goal is not simply to eradicate hunger but also to ensure access by all people to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round and to end all forms of malnutrition.”

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