CFS 44 Joint Side Event: The role of Food Security and Nutrition Governance in promoting the Right to Food

Rome, 11 October 2017 - Together with the Ministry of Social Development of Brazil, the National Council on Food and Nutrition Security of Brazil (CONSEA), and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) has organized a joint side event to address the role that national food security and nutrition (FSN) governance plays in promoting the Human Right to Adequate Food. 

The participants discussed how countries can develop governance systems (comprising policies, legislation and institutions) that promote the Right to Food and help achieve food security and nutrition.

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  • The event was opened by Juan Carlos García y Cebolla's welcome speech, Leader of the FAO Right to Food Team, while the keynote speech was held by Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

In the panel discussion participated:

  • Caio da Rocha - National Secretary for Food and Nutritional Security of Brazil
  • Elisabetta Recine - President of the National Council on Food and Nutrition Security of Brazil
  • Dr. Susanne Schlaack - Head of Division, German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
  • Frank Mischler - Project Coordinator, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Germany
  • Naseegh Jaffer - Secretary General, World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP), South Africa

The event aimed at raising awareness, sharing experiences and discussing both the challenges involved in the development of national governance systems that help improve accountability
and participation and their impacts on food security and nutrition.

Background Information

The Committee of Food Security (CFS) has invited to its Annual Plenary Conference at the FAO Headquarters. 

  • The forty-fourth Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 44) convened under the theme, 'Making a Difference in Food Security and Nutrition'.

The agenda of the session covers:

  • CFS and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); 
  • nutrition; 
  • policy convergence; 
  • workstreams and activity updates; 
  • an independent evaluation of CFS; 
  • and critical and emerging issues for food security and nutrition. 

The vision of CFS is to be the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together in a coordinated way to ensure food security and nutrition for all.

The Committee reports to the UN General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and to Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Conference.


when:  9-13 October 2017

where: Rome, FAO Headquarters


10/2017: CFS 44 Joint Side Event