Invitation to sef: and CIDSE Policy Lunch, Brussels, 12 July 2018; 12:00 – 14:00, Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU
Rue Montoyer 47, 1040 Brussels
- Hans H. Stein, Director, Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU, Brussels
- Dr Gerd Harms, Deputy Chairperson of the Executive Committee, Development and Peace Foundation (sef:), Bonn
- Chair: Patrick Leusch, Head European Affairs, Deutsche Welle, Bonn
- Nora McKeon, Faculty Member International University College Turin, Lecturer Rome 3 University, Rome
- Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission, Brussels
- Geneviève Savigny, European Coordination, la Via Campesina
See programme of the event in attachment.
Enough food is produced worldwide to feed humanity, yet more than 815 million people in the world are undernourished. The food price crisis of 2007 and 2008 led to a better awareness regarding the structural causes of food insecurity and the inter-connectedness of food markets and food security. It also revealed a pressing need for an improved global governance for food and nutrition security.
Since then, a number of initiatives and reforms have been implemented. With Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, UN Member States have set the objective of ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture. On a global level, the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was reformed in 2009 into a highly legitimate policy forum. Rooted in a human rights
framework, it admits the direct participation of organizations representing those most affected by food insecurity, such as small-scale producers and the urban poor.
The reformed CFS has proved to be effective by negotiating global guidelines on difficult issues such as land tenure and defending the importance of local food systems based on agro-ecological family farm production and territorial markets.
At European Level, food security has been declared a priority. The EU is one of the main financial contributors to the CFS. The EU Food Security Policy Framework (FSPF) was adopted in 2010 to address food security challenges in developing countries. The FSPF aims, among other things, to support small-scale producers, especially women, which are sustainable and ecologically efficient. Further, it seeks to support initiatives implementing the Right to Food. Over the past few years, however, this policy orientation is increasingly threatened by the priority attached to encouraging European agribusiness investment in Africa that – according to civil society critics – clashes with the FSPF objectives.
Development and Peace Foundation (sef:) and CIDSE invite you to debate the following questions during this Policy Lunch:
- What is the vision for global governance for food and nutrition security?
- How can the EU and its Member States help to improve use of CFS products and strengthen its role within the UN system?
- How is Food Security mirrored in the Multiannual Financial Framework and the EU Consensus on Development?
- What would be important steps for the EU to live up to its promise to support small-scale farmers?
- How to ensure that EU priorities in other policy areas – such as trade or the Common Agricultural Policy – can be made more coherent with the European food security policy,
To participate in this event, please register until 9 July via https://www.sef-bonn.org/en/events/brussels/sef-policy-lunch-july-2018/template-registration.html