VIRTUAL EVENT: CFS High-Level Special Event

VIRTUAL EVENT: CFS High-Level Special Event

Impacts of COVID-19 on food security and nutrition: developing effective policy responses to address the hunger and malnutrition pandemic HLPE issues paper. Committee on World Food Security High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition Rome, September 2020, 24 pages.


This CFS High-Level Special Event seeks to keep food security and nutrition front and center on the global sustainable development agenda. 
During its three plenary sessions (one per day), the discussions will: 
  1. Take stock of the global food security situation guided by the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) 2020 report and the CFS High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) report on Building a Global Narrative towards 2030; 
  2. Reflect on the impacts of COVID-19 on global food security and nutrition and efforts needed to “build back better” using the HLPE issues paper on Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition: Developing Effective Policy Responses to Address the Hunger and Malnutrition Pandemic; and 
  3. Discuss the draft CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition and the draft CFS Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches, and consider their relevance to the objectives of the UN Food Systems Summit. 
PLENARY 1 Overview of the Global Food Security and Nutrition Situation

Both the SOFI 2020 Report and the CFS High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) report on Building a Global Narrative towards 2030 recognize the need to transform food systems to achieve the SDGs.

Part 1: Opening Ceremony
Welcome remarks and event overview by Thanawat Tiensin, CFS Chairperson 
Framing remarks by Heads of the Rome-based Agencies on their role in global food security and nutrition and their collaborative commitment to CFS » 
  • Qu Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) » 
  • Gilbert Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) » 
  • David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP)
Part 2: Setting the Scene: Evidence and Science

PARTNER EVENT 3 Title: Connecting Agroecological and Integrated Policies in Times of Crisis

Organizers: • Senegal • Switzerland • Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, Mexico • German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development • IFOAM-Organics International • Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development

The main purpose of this partner event was to showcase such good policy practices, illustrating the key role of policymakers as agents of change when it comes to the long-term and resilient transformation of food and agricultural systems. Our goal is to connect these efforts through the Food Policy Forum for Change in order to increase learning between policymakers, as well as enriching the discussion on the role and instruments for country-level action to deliver food security and nutrition. 


  • a deeper understanding of existing approaches and instruments to operationalise agroecological elements at the policy level,
  • exchange of practical knowledge on agroecological policies (e.g. identification of barriers and success factors),
  • connecting existing frameworks available for supporting the policy for agroecological and food systems transformation,
  • increased awareness of the need for redesigning our current food and socioeconomic systems to include resilience on a long term by applying agroecological principles in policymaking.
  • Moderated by Frank Eyhorn, Executive Director of Biovision, the speakers and panelists are:
  • Dr. Maria Tekülve, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
  • Pio Wennubst, Permanent Representative, of Switzerland to FAO/IFAD/WFP
  • Dr. Papa Abdoulaye Seck, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Senegal to FAO/IFAD/WFP
    He announced the book (26/11/2020)COVID-19 et agriculture – Une opportunité pour la transition agricole et alimentaire ? 358 pages
    Marie de Lattre-Gasquet (CIRAD) cosigne avec Jacques Brulhet, Michel Dron, Jean-Louis Rastoin et Papa Abdoulaye Seck le chapitre “Crise du Covid-19 et sécurité alimentaire en Afrique” dans l’ouvrage publié par l’Académie d’Agriculture.
  • Dr. Vijay Kumar, Head of Department of Natural Farming, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Emma Siliprandi, FAO Scaling Up Agroecology Initiative Team Leader
  • Louise Luttikholt, Executive Director, IFOAM – Organics International

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Contact us
If you are interested or have any questions, send us a message.
I am very interested
Send Message