EcoAgriculture Partners at the Committee on World Food Security Meeting in Rome

From EcoAgriculture Partners Newsletter

The 39th Meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) takes place 15-20 October 2012 in Rome, Italy. Hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the meeting will address key issues regarding food security in the coming decades, particularly food security and climate change, new voluntary guidelines on land tenure, and responsible agricultural investment. The Committee works to increase policy convergence to support food security. Thus, it is an important forum for promoting the value of whole landscape approaches in addressing these critical issues. EcoAgriculture Partners is an official non-governmental organization observer of the CFS, and will participate in the policy roundtables on Food security and Climate Change and the discussion on Responsible Agricultural Investment.


  • Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative Side Event at CFS

The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative is presenting a side event during CFS 39 entitled Whole Landscape Approaches to Achieve Food Security in the Face of Climate Change: lessons learned from different perspectives and scenarios, taking place Thursday, 18 October, from 18:00 – 19:30, in the Lebanon Room. Chaired by Bioversity International Deputy Director General Kwesi Atta-Krah, with introductory overview by EcoAgriculture Partners’ Sara Scherr, the panel discussion will synthesize recent findings on landscape approaches to manage climate change resilience in agricultural systems.

Panelists include: Elwyn Grainger-Jones, Director of the Environment and Climate Change Division of IFAD; Emile Frison, Director General of Bioversity International; Philip Kiriro, President of the East African Farmers Federation; Douglas Brown, Director of Agriculture and Food Security for World Vision International; Carlo Scaramella, Director of the Office of Climate Change, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction at the World Food Programme; Julien Custot, Facilitator of the Food For the Cities Programmme of FAO, and Parvis Koohafkan, Director of the Land and Water Division of FAO.

For the full event description please click here.

They will keep you up to date on the most important discussions and action recommendations related to integrated landscape approaches during the meeting. Reach them by email at and

  • Other Relevant Events at the 39th CFS

Discussion at the 39th CFS will touch on key subjects for those interested in ecoagriculture and integrated landscape approaches. Especially relevant side events include:

  • Urban-rural linkages – challenges for CFS hosted by the FAO “Food for Cities” multi-disciplinary initiative from 13:30-14:30 on Monday, 15 October in the Lebanon Room
  • International Year of Cooperatives (2012) – Enabling Agricultural Cooperatives: a paradigm shift for economic and social inclusion hosted by FAO’s Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division from 12:30-14:00 on Wednesday, 17 October in the Red Room
  • Transformative Partnerships for African Productivity and Growth – Reaching Smallholders with Sustainable Economics hosted by Grow Africa from 18:00-19:30 on Wednesday, 17 October in the Iran Room
  • Presentation of current research on the impacts of FDI and the principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment on developing country agriculture hosted by the Inter Agency Working Group from 12:30-14:00 on Thursday, 17 October in the Lebanon Room
  • The Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure: the Way Forward hosted by FAO, NRC, France and Germany from 18:00-19:30 on Thursday, 17 October in the Iran Room
  • Rio+20 and CFS: Facilitating assessments on sustainable food production and food security hosted by Biovision from 12:30-14:00 on Friday, 18 October in the Iran Room

For the full list of side events at CFS, click here.


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The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Blog will discuss and highlight topics associated with the Committee on World Food Security’s 39th meeting. Look for posts focused on responsible agricultural investment, climate change resilience and adaptation, and land tenure issues.


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