CFS Consultation Urges Prioritizing Hunger in Post-2015 Agenda

FAO13 February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) convened a one-day consultation on Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition with participants from the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), to “define key messages for the Post-2015 Framework on Food Security and Nutrition.”

Participants called for hunger to be at the front of the post-2015 development agenda, and expressed consensus on the major principles and guidelines that should drive the post-2015 agenda with respect to food security and nutrition, including support for a rights-based approach. They stressed food security and nutrition as the basis for progress across multiple development fronts, including employment, education, environment and health. The workshop also considered challenges posed by obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva urged the international community to commit to the eradication of hunger, food security and malnutrition.

The consultation, which took place on 11 February 2013, in Rome, Italy, is the second phase in the global thematic consultation on Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition, which is co-led by FAO and WFP and supported by the Governments of Colombia and Spain. The consultation built upon online consultations on the topic that have taken place on the World We Want 2015 platform.

A Leadership Meeting on Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition in Madrid, Spain, on 4 April 2013 will review the consultation findings and develop a statement and recommendations. Food security and nutrition is one of 11 themes being addressed on a global level by the UN Development Group's (UNDG) consultations on the post-2015 development agenda.

The UN Secretary-General's Zero Hunger Challenge aims to: ensure the world has enough access to nutritious foods; end childhood stunting; build sustainable food systems; double productivity and income of smallholder farmers; and prevent food from being lost or wasted. [UN Press Release] [FAO Press Release] [Post 2015 e-Consultation on Hunger Food and Nutrition Security]