UN Committee for World Food Security endorses voluntary guidelines to ...
Feb 27, 2021
UN Committee for World Food Security endorses voluntary guidelines to end hunger
Q. What is the news?
The first-ever voluntary guidelines on food systems and nutrition meant to end hunger and malnutrition were endorsed by members of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS)
The endorsement took place at the 47th Session of CFS that was held virtually February 8-11.
Q. What is Committee on World Food Security (CFS)?
CFS is an international and intergovernmental platform for stakeholders to work towards ensuring food security and nutrition for all. It is hosted and co-funded by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
Q. What are the guidelines?
The guidelines have been developed to support countries in their efforts to eradicate all forms of hunger and malnutrition by utilising a comprehensive food systems approach, according to the document released on the occasion.
They are structured around seven focus areas:
Transparent, democratic and accountable governance
Sustainable food supply chains to achieve healthy diets in the context of economic, social and environmental sustainability and climate change
Equal and equitable access to healthy diets through sustainable food systems
Food safety across sustainable food systems
People-centred nutrition knowledge, education and information
Gender equality and women’s empowerment across food systems
Resilient food systems in humanitarian contexts
The guidelines are intended to build upon and complement the work and mandate of other international bodies, for example the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025).
They call for realisation of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security for all, particularly for the most vulnerable and affected groups.
They focus on policy planning and governance so that food systems can be made more resilient and responsive and are in accordance with needs of consumers and producers too, especially small and marginal farmers.
Governments have been asked to refrain from promulgating and applying any unilateral economic, financial or trade measures that impede the full achievement of economic and social development, while implementing the guidelines.