The open floor session provided an abundant number and variety of comments from a broad representation of CFS stakeholders- Their comments, which in the words of the CFS Chair, Mario Arvelo, were mostly aligned with the HLPE’s Note 2 on critical and emerging issues. In summarizing the contributions, he was keen to highlight and honor the value of the contributions to achieve the end of hunger, these included the additional topics:
a) Women’s empowerment and role in FSN,
b) Youth engagement and employ in agriculture,
c) Climate variability and extreme climate events,
d) Data collection and analysis tools,
e) The role of family farming in FSN
f) Human rights in the context of FSN.
A lively and extended debate ensued over the decision-making process on how the issues will be selected for further discussion and inclusion in the MYPoW. In the end, the delegates agreed that the Chair’s summary, read at the plenary, would not be included in the CFS report, but rather in a letter to which CFS stakeholders can submit comments. The Bureau will further consider the outcome of the session.