The United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS), after being reformed in 2009, was conceived as a more inclusive intergovernmental platform for all the actors working on food security so that they might coordinate to establish the right to adequate food.
The CFS applies an approach based on human rights, recognizing the role of States as duty-carriers and the small-scale food producers who produce the majority of the world’s food as rights-holders. The voices of all these actors must then be listened to, especially those most affected by malnutrition and food insecurity.
Today we know that we need to change the way we produce and consume food because the current food system is no longer sustainable. And we’re aware that industrial agriculture is focused on increasing productivity at a high cost to the planet and for people. So it’s urgent that we discuss different paths forwards that make a transition to more sustainable food systems possible, systems which human rights and the environment.
In 2019, the Secretary-General of the UN announced a Food Systems Summit to be held in September 2021. It is expected to discuss and launch new bold actions to transform the way the world produces and consumes food. However, the Civil Society Mechanism, together with many other organizations of civil society, has decided not to attend the Summit because of a series of concerns they have.
Alberta Guerra, senior policy analyst for Action Aid, explains what these concerns are, and what the CSM and other civil society organizations (including Slow Food) are doing in terms of proposed solutions that would guarantee the right of food for all, including agroecology and the respect of peasants’ rights. The voice of those most affected must be listened to by the Food Systems Summit, otherwise it has no legitimacy to decide how to decide how to transform the way we produce and consume food on a global level.
Take part in the Open Call for Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement to respond to the UN Food Systems Summit.
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