March 20, 2015 – This week members of the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) were at the UN FAO Head Quarters in Rome to give their views on how new Principles on Responsible Agricultural Investment can be used to respond to the urgent need to increase global investment in farm production. The ten Principles were endorsed by the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in October 2014 and are designed to ‘provide a framework to rethink investment in agriculture and food systems’. The agri-business community was invited to help draft the Principles, which look at natural resource use, land rights, employment, empowerment of women, farm innovation, and more.
At this week’s meeting the PSM members highlighted that on average, businesses of all sizes provide 60% of GDP, 80% of capital flows and 90% of jobs in developing countries, and are the major source of the US$1 trillion a year needed to finance development. In the context of the CFS Principles, governments can leverage this potential by prioritizing stable, predictable and transparent regulatory frameworks and legal systems to attract sustainable investments in agriculture.
The Private Sector Mechanism speakers at the ‘Kick-Start’ meeting were:
- Barrie Bain, International Fertilizer Industry Association
- Natalia Federighi, Yara International
- Bernd Schanzenbacher, EBG Capital
The PSM official statement is here (PDF 352KB).
Every two years, the Private Sector Mechanism elects a focal point (currently being filled by the International Agri-Food Network). The next election is at the annual meeting on May 12 in Rome. Organisations that wish to be nominated to be focal point for the Private Sector Mechanism should submit names by March 1, 2015 to Robynne Anderson.
The PSM annual meeting will take place in Rome from May 12-13 and will be a key opportunity for business leaders to meet each other; set joint priorities for UN outreach; and hold bilateral meetings with countries and UN Agencies. We also plan to hold a meeting with IFAD on May 14th which is being confirmed.
The Secretariat has block-booked a number of rooms at the Capo d’Africa Hotel at a special IAFN rate. To book, please email Liliana at McCord Travel Management.
February 4, 2015 – The UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has published a promotional video featuring seven leaders from the food and farming business community alongside governments, UN officials and civil society representatives.
The aim of the video is to bring to light the work undertaken by the CFS, the United Nations’ forum for reviewing policies concerning world food security. Importantly, agri-businesses have a ‘seat at the table’ in this forum through what is known as the Private Sector Mechanism, allowing their voices to be heard on an equal footing with those of governments, political decision makers and civil society.
In order of appearance, the private sector representatives on the video are:
Jan Dyer, Canadian Canola Growers’ Association
Mike Michener, CropLife International
Nico Van Belzen, International Dairy Federation
Natalia Federighi, Yara International
Charles Ogang, Uganda National Farmers Federation
Barrie Bain, Informa
Robynne Anderson, IAFN
Find out more about the work we do with the CFS here.
January 29, 2015 – Hakan Bahceci, Chair of the International Agri Food Network, currently features on the website of FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva, amid his campaign to run for a second term in office. Hakan Bahceci has joined hundreds of global actors to call for the strengthening of partnerships in global agri-food discussions and commend the achievements of recent years, which have seen increased meaningful participation of businesses and an office for the Private Sector Mechanism at the FAO alongside other stakeholders.
In addition, FAO has released a video celebrating its partnerships with businesses, civil society and other external stakeholders. The video, which features Esin Mete, President of the International Fertilizer Industry Association, can be viewed here
Annual meetings: International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) & the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM)
May 12-13 2015 | Rome, Italy
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Open Ended Working Group: Agenda for Action for Addressing Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises
May 18-22 2015 | Rome, Italy
June 6-12 2015 | Rome, Italy
High Level Forum: Connecting Smallholders to Markets
June 25, 2015 | Rome, Italy
CFS42: Plenary of the UN Committee on World Food Security
October 12-17 2015 | Rome, Italy
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Latest Position Papers
ICN2 Statement by the Private Sector, November 2014 (PDF 94KB)
RAI Statement by the Private Sector, October 2014 (PDF 329KB)
Land Tenure (PDF 118KB)
Responsible Agricultural Investment Private Sector Statements April 2014 (PDF 119KB)
Role and Composition of the CFS Advisory Group (PDF 95KB)
Responsible Agricultural Investment Principles Regional Consultations 2013-4 (PDF 186KB)
The Agenda for Action in Protracted Crises (PDF 18KB)
Nutrition (PDF 197KB)
Knowledge Skills and Talent Development in the Agri-Food Sector (PDF 188KB)
Smallholder-Sensitive Investment (PDF 73KB)
IAFN Position on RAI (PDF 107KB)
Statement by PSM on Post 2015 Goals (PDF 71KB)
Private Sector Views on Issues Before the UN Committee on World Food Security 2012 (PDF 883KB)
Statement by the Private Sector Network On the Occasion of the Special Session of the CFS, May 11, 2012, Approval of the Land Tenure Guidelines (PDF 114KB)