Food Security and Nutrition

Background

The goal of ending hunger and malnutrition is a critical requirement for sustainable development and should be one of the first priorities of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This goal, which deals with the multidimensionality of Food Safety and Nutrition – which includes the sustainable development of agricultural production, the improvement of access to sufficiently nutritious food, and the cutting back of post-harvest losses – can drive action that allows all people, especially the most vulnerable, to contribute fully to economic growth, while strengthening resilience to shocks, decreasing inequality, promoting peace and stability, and empowering women and farmers. The objective of this consultation is to ensure that hunger and food and nutrition security remain high on the global Post 2015 Development Agenda.

Consultation – Objectives

The consultation will be framed by recent initiatives that provide recommendations on how to turn the vision of ending hunger and ensuring food and nutrition security, into a reality. It will discuss how to address the multi-dimensional nature of food and nutrition security in elaborating an agenda of sustainable development goals and objectives, on the basis of a comprehensive approach in line with the High Level Task Force Comprehensive Framework for Action (HLTF CFA). The consultation will also look to inform the Member States process for the creation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, the consultation will examine how – consistent with the fundamental right of all people to be free from hunger – an SDG agenda pertaining to hunger, food and nutrition security can drive action that enables all people, particularly the most vulnerable, to have access to safe, sufficient and nutritious food, and recommended feeding practices, especially in the 1000 days from the start of a woman’s pregnancy until her child’s second birthday. FAO and WFP are co-chairing the consultation, along with Rome-based agencies – International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Biodiversity International, with support from Special Representation of SG for Food Security and Nutrition. Contributing Partners include: UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNIDO, UNDESA. The consultation will aim to provide a direct contribution to the formulation of the Post 2015 Agenda on Food and Security through:

  • Networks and coalitions around a Post 2015 Agenda.
  • Common understanding among stakeholders and shared visions
  • Building on lessons learned from the review of the MDG process, identifying possible opportunities and challenges in framing the Post 2015 Framework;
  • Identifying a broad set of goals and target indicators for hunger eradication and food and nutrition insecurity alleviation for the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Framework.

Consultation – Process

The consultation will take place over 5 months, between October 2012 and March 2013.

1.) E-Consultation – a web-based consultation will be launched during October 2012

2.) Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Information Session – An information session with the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the primary international platform for food and nutrition, is proposed for late January/early February 2013; and

3.) Global Consultation – a high level experts consultation in March 2013, in Madrid to bring together findings. Invitees may include leaders from countries, civil society organizations, farmers’ and consumers’ organizations, food industries, research institutions, think tanks, and academia.

Source: “Hunger, Food and Nutrition Security – Heart of the Post 2015 Development Agenda and the Future We Want for All” (FAO, WFP) – WorldWeWant2015.org

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