Rome, Italy, 14 October, 2014: The 41st Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS41) organized by FAO, IFAD and WFP is currently underway at FAO, HQ in Rome, Italy. The Bhutanese delegation to CFS41 is led by the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo. The CFS was established in 1974 as an intergovernmental body to serve as a forum in the United Nations System for review and follow-up of policies concerning world food security including production access to food.
The objectives of the CFS41 are to coordinate a global approach to food security and to discuss/review the State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014 (SOFI), promote policy convergence by providing guidance around key food security and nutrition issues, strengthen linkages and encourage a two way dialogue between CFS and other food security and nutrition stakeholders at the global & regional levels and update on best practices and lessons learned when implementing food security and nutrition polices at country level
During the discussions, many countries while appreciating the improvement in global food security situations mentioned that a lot needs to be done to ensure Zero hunger for all by 2015. The participants urged that food and nutrition security, agriculture and sustainable development have to be one of the global development agendas. Some countries also mentioned on the need for adequate financial and technical support for agriculture development while the need for a clear road map for global food and nutrition security was also highlighted.
At the side line of the CFS41, Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo met with the Director General, FAO and discussed on the areas of mutual interest. The Hon’ble Lyonpo highlighted the key development priorities for Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan to ensure national food and nutrition security. Some of the key challenges and threats to food and nutrition security in Bhutan and the initiatives undertaken by the ministry were also discussed.
The CFS41 which started on 13/10/2014 is scheduled to end on 18/10/2014.
Reported by: Pema Thinley, PPD
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