Today the 2017 edition of the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) report: Leveraging food systems for inclusive rural transformation has been released.
The new report looks at how population growth, increasing urbanization, technologies, and climate change are transforming rural and urban areas, and how the world’s food systems are evolving.
The PSM comments on the CFS Forum on Women's Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition are available online here.
The PSM welcomes the summary and outcomes of the forum, and considers women’s empowerment to be an essential component of policies and programmes aiming to improve food security and nutritional outcomes. We are therefore extremely pleased to see the increased attention this issue has garnered in the context of the CFS, and fully support the emphasis placed in the outcomes on the importance of mainstreaming gender equality, women’s and girls’ rights, and women’s empowerment in all CFS workstreams, products, and documents, particularly given the importance afforded to this throughout the Agenda 2030, both as a stand alone goal (SDG5), and as a common thread throughout the SDGs as a whole.
A Technical Thematic Forum will take place October 5-6 at the FAO, in Rome, Italy during the 5th Anniversary of the VGGT. The Session "Increasing Responsible Investments in Agriculture and Food Systems" will further highlight how crucial it is to involve all key stakeholders -from small-scale producers, processors, transporters, wholesale traders, retailers – and how regulations and standards are applied for a responsible development of food systems.
Steve Ngunyi, from Nairobi, Kenya, will be speaking on behalf of the Private Sector Mechanism regarding the special event on the Land Tenure (VGGT) and Responsible Agricultural Investment principles. This Session will discuss how responsible investment can contribute to food security as well as increase productivity and income of small-scale producers.
In 2004, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) developed and endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines for the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security (VGRtF).