From 15-19 October 2018, the 45th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS45) took place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. More than 1,600 delegates, representing CFS Members, non-Member States, UN agencies and bodies, civil society and private sector organisations, international finance and research organisations, philanthropic foundations and observers attended session. Members of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development were present at CFS, either as delegates and/or convenors of side events.

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CFS is the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together 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 the FAO Conference. Using a multi-stakeholder, inclusive approach, CFS develops and endorses policy recommendations and guidance on a wide range of food security and nutrition topics.

A growing trend of obesity, especially in Africa and Asia, the importance of addressing diets, the need for policies and actions at the national level, the importance of developing voluntary guidelines on food systems and nutrition, the role of rural women, the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 and the need to strengthen CFS – only some key topics that José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director General highlighted in the opening session to CFS45. He made a clear message: “The need to act on nutrition is pressing; otherwise, hunger will undermine the 2030 Agenda.”

Opinion | José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director General

Launch of the report at CFS45

CFS45 endorsed the terms of reference for developing policy guidance on food systems and nutrition and adopted decisions and conclusions on inter alia: The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 Report (SOFI 2018), implementation of the response to the CFS evaluation and critical and emerging issues for food security and nutrition.

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