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.