Expert Panel 3

CFS: Water and Climate Recommendations “for Food Security and Nutrition”


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) / Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

Time: Monday, 18. January 2021, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (CET), subsequent deep dive 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Languages: English, German

The discussion emphasized that water is the primary medium through which we (will) feel the effects of climate change. Climate change, resulting in extreme weather events, is increasingly jeopardizing water availability and accessibility, and poses serious threats to a secure global food supply.

This discussion helped all concerned actors to better understand these issues at stake, improve natural resources’ management, design better policies and programmes that can ensure food and nutrition security, and contribute to the transformation of food systems towards more climate-resilience.The event also served to monitor the impact of two sets of policy recommendations on water and climate change for FSN.

It was highlighted that CFS is an extremely important and useful mechanism to address global food security issues in a participatory way, involving governments, civil society and the private sector.

It provides an important platform for multi-stakeholder fora to help solve cross-cutting challenges, such as climate change adaptation and the impact of water shortages and scarcity on food security.

It was recalled that in 2015, the HLPE report established a full set of linkages between water, food security and nutrition, focusing on the essentiality of water to the progressive realization of the right to adequate food. HLPE recommandations have been relevant to develop policies and are still relevant today to both addressing pandemics and the climate emergency.


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Chris Hegadorn is a retired U.S. diplomat whose career included 25 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and earlier positions with the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.  Based in Rome, Chris assumed the position of CFS Secretary in March 2019.


He was first appointed as a Minister of State in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and Defra on 13 February 2020.

He was previously Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affais and at the Department for International Development from 10 September 2019 to 13 February 2020 and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and at the Department for International Development on 27 July 2019 and 10 September 2019.

Panel guests

Mr. Thanawat Tiensin was elected Chair of CFS on October 18, 2019. Prior to his role as Permanent Representative of Thailand to the UN Agencies in Rome, Mr. Tiensin was a former Assistant Director General and Senior Expert on International Livestock Trade and Cooperation at Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. He has worked for international development programmes in various technical areas such as agriculture, livestock, food security and food safety, international trade, and capacity building of veterinary service related issues with FAO, ADB, APHCA, EU, IAEA, and OIE in several countries including DPR Korea, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, and Thailand.

Dr. Müller is since April 2019 Director General for Forest, Sustainability and Renewable Resources of the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
She has more than 35 years of professional experience in international forestry, with a focus on forest policy and sustainable forest resource management. From 2004 to 2018 she worked in leading positions with increasing responsibility at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. As Director of Forestry Policy and Resources she led FAO’s technical work in Forestry.
From 2001 to 2004, she was Assistant Director for Reforestation and Forest Management at the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) based in Japan, where she was in charge of the organization’s forestry programs and projects.
During close to 11 years with the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in Costa Rica she strengthened national initiatives for sustainable forest resource management.
Dr. Müller has a BSc in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Heidelberg in Germany, an MSc in Forestry from Yale University in the US and a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Hamburg in Germany.

Claudia Ringler is Deputy Division Director at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). A thought leader on water for food, she manages IFPRI’s Natural Resource Theme, co-leads the Institute’s water research program and is a flagship co-lead of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). Her research focuses on global water and food security, gender-water and gender-climate change linkages and the synergies of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Claudia has a PhD in agricultural economics from University of Bonn and an MA in International Development Economics from Yale University.

Julienne Roux is an agricultural economist with over 15 years of experience working on water resources management and on the interconnections between agriculture and water. As Senior network specialist at the Global Water Partnership, she leads GWP global programmes on food and agriculture and on the water, food, energy, and ecosystems nexus, and she also supports the operations of the West Africa and Central Africa Regional water partnerships. Before joining GWP, she held different positions as public policy expert in France and as irrigation expert with the World Bank.

Andrea Cattaneo is a Senior Economist at FAO, leading the team that produces The State of Food and Agriculture, which is FAO’s flagship publication.  He has over 25 years of experience in examining economic issues relating to development, food security, and climate change.  In recent years his focus has been on migration, the role of rural-urban linkages in rural transformation, and food systems. He previously held positions at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Woods Hole Research Center.  Dr. Cattaneo has an extensive publication record in peer-reviewed journals spanning a range of topics. He has analyzed the welfare impacts of free trade agreements, written on issues of food security and barriers to innovation, designed innovative economic mechanisms for environmental programs, and studied the role of risk and uncertainty under climate change.


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