Committee on World Food Security
On 17 – 21 October, the annual meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) took place at FAO Headquarters in Rome.
During the first day, FAO launched its flagship publication on The State of Food and Agriculture, which focused on climate change this year.
According to the FAO report, the pledge to eradicate hunger and poverty must go hand in hand with the rapid transformation of farming and food systems to cope with a warmer world, as there is no doubt that climate change affects food.
FAO also warns that a "business as usual" approach could put millions more people at risk of hunger in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia.
The FAO report describes alternative, economically viable ways of helping smallholders to adapt and making the livelihoods of rural populations — often the most exposed to negative impacts of climate change - more resilient. It underlines the role of agro-ecological production systems to strengthen the resilience of smallholder farming systems to climate change and also highlights the mitigation function of organic farming on promoting carbon-rich landscapes.
During the report presentation, José Graziano Da Silva, FAO Director General announced that FAO is now accredited at the Green Climate Fund and that it is ready to support countries in developing their country projects, in particular, in Africa.
The role of organic farming was recognized in other documents discussed during the week such as the “Sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition, including the role of livestock” and also in a promotion by FAO stating that “FAO promotes organic, fair trade and slow food as concrete ways to support sustainable agriculture”.
IFOAM - Organics International was represented at the meeting by its Vice President, Frank Eyhorn, and Cristina Grandi, Chief Food Security Campaigner. We also shared a video with visitors on Participatory Guarantee Systems.