Over 150 representatives of civil society organizations participated in the 39th session of the World Food Security Council. The council acquired great relevance in the context of global economic crisis, which led to a sharp rise in food prices and replaced the issue of food security on the global agenda, which is related to people’s lives, the health of children and the realization of human rights .
The International Forum of NGO National Platforms (IFP) participated, between 12 and 20 October 2012, in the Annual Meeting of the FAO Food Security Council. During the event, held in Rome, the IFP presented the recommendations of the non-governmental diplomacy group responsible for working with the issue of regulation of agricultural markets (see the set of proposals here)
Over 150 representatives of civil society organizations participated in the 39th session of the World Food Security Council. The council acquired great relevance in the context of global economic crisis, which led to a sharp rise in food prices and replaced the issue of food security on the global agenda, which is related to people’s lives, the health of children and the realization of human rights . Thus, the importance of civil society organizations in the fight for humanity’s survival.
The IFP was represented by three platforms: CILONG (Centre d’Information et de Liaison des NGOs, Chad), represented by Théophile Moyangar; Coordination SUD – (LaCoordination Nationale des ONG françaises de solidarité internationale), represented by Vanessa Alby-Flores et Laurent Levard, and CONGCOOP (Coordinación de ONGs y Cooperativas de Guatemala) represented by Helmer Velasquez, who produced a Report of participation in the Council (see the Spanish and English versions here).
It is worth mentioning that during the plenary of the Council, the reference to “food sovereignty” was removed from the World Strategic Framework (MEM) due to the objection of the United States, Australia and Canada. However, the founding text was adopted by the plenary and offers a practical guidance framework on policy strategies and actions for food security and nutrition. This is a not a binding document of but one of “voluntary observation”. The civil society organizations consider the approval of the MEM a success, and the opening of the debate on the concept of food sovereignty a strategic victory, even though the term was deleted.
Regarding the topic of Responsible Agricultural Investment, the opening of a consultation which will last two years to determine the principles that should govern them, was approved. Issues such as land grabbing, monocultures and public and private investments will be discussed, which makes the influence of civil society organizations in the process is fundamental. .
The Council also discussed issues such as climate change, social protection and protracted crises, among others. The proposals submitted by the IFP were divided into four topics: public budget and official development cooperation, priority investment in the participatory development of policies, programs and projects; investment in policy reform that ensures the recovery of public institutions, with broad participation of farmers -men and women-, in the development, management, monitoring and evaluation, and investment to ensure the access of farmers to productive resources (access details here).