Growing hunger due to conflicts is displacing millions from their homes around the world. The connection between conflicts and food insecurity was in focus at the 44th conference of the Committee on World Food Security, where NIRAS participated as observers.
Every year, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) gathers stakeholder from the entire world to discuss global food security. The vision of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is to be the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together.
NIRAS employees Kristina Mastroianni and Karin Höök participated as representatives of The Agroforestry Network, a group of Swedish actors that NIRAS recently joined. The event provided a good space for networking, and they had informal meetings with the FAO Agroecology team, FAO division for Climate, energy and tenure, SDC, GIZ, Sida, MFA Sweden and NGOs.
FAO’s annual report “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World”, called SOFI 2017, was presented. With the sub-title “Building Resilience for Peace and Food Security” this year’s report focuses on the strong nexus between conflicts and food security.
This year also marks the beginning of regular monitoring of progress towards achieving the food security targets set by the 2030 Agenda.
SOFI 2017 in short:
SOFI 2017 points out that a long-term vision needs to be adopted and the main conclusions of the report are: