This week marks the 40th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), an intergovernmental forum created in 1974 for the review and follow-up of world food security policies, including food production and food access. The CFS serves as the premier platform for discussing global food security issues: its inclusive model gives a voice to all stakeholders. The CFS promotes its mission to reduce food insecurity through coordination of country-led practices, while also developing a global framework for ensuring food security and nutrition for all.
This week’s meeting of the CFS 40 in Rome, Italy follows the release of the 2013 State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI) . This current SOFI report notes that 842 million individuals currently suffer from malnourishment, down from 868 million individuals during the 2010-2012 period. Though this marks progress toward reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the CFS 40 is focusing its efforts on bridging the gap between international policies to end hunger and the needs of the most vulnerable people. In addition to this, the CFS 40 will discuss the importance of investment in smallholder agriculture, biofuels and food security, development strategies for achieving food security in crises-ridden areas, and guidelines for making smart agricultural investments.
For more information, visit the FAO webpage for a briefing on the current forum and the CFS homepage for a detailed discussion on the structure of the group. In addition, you can find a detailed report of the CFS 40 Key Messages and supplementary materials at the Civil Society Mechanism. If you want up-to-date action on the CFS 40, you can follow the live webcast here: http://www.fao.org/webcast/.