10 Years of the FAO Right to Food Guidelines
Progress, Obstacles & the Way Ahead


10 Years of the FAO Right to Food Guidelines - Progress, Obstacles & the Way Ahead

Civil Society Synthesis Paper for the 41st Session of the UN Committee on World Food Security

Ten years ago, in November 2004, the FAO Council adopted the Voluntary Guidelines to support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security.

But what happened in the last ten years? What trends and events have shaped the context in which the right to food must be implemented? What, if any, successes at implementation have been achieved at the national, regional, and global level? What obstacles and challenges have inhibited progress? And how do we move forward to ensure a world where every person and community can enjoy the right to adequate food and nutrition?

To mark the 10th anniversary of the RtAF Guidelines, civil society and social movements contributing to the promotion and defense of the human right to adequate food and food sovereignty have embarked on a critical assessment of where we are now in the struggle for solidifying the human right to adequate food and nutrition and where we must go.

This paper is a product of a broad civil society consultation process, facilitated by the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition, with the political support of the member organizations of the Civil Society Mechanism to the Committee on World Food Security.

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Women-Food Security-Peace & Conflict
FAO CFS 41 Panel - Rome

41st Session, Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Iran Room, FAO
Rome, Italy

Distinguished Speakers:
  • H.E. Staffan De Mistura - UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to Syria - To Be Confirmed
  • Ms. Hilal Elver - UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
  • Ms. Ilaria Bottigliero, International Development Law Organization – IDLO Director, Research & Learning
  • Mr. Stanlake Samkange – Director of Policy, Programme, & Innovation Division, WFP
  • Ms. Marta Benavides, El Salvador - 23rd Century Movement for Sustainable Peace, Women's Major Group for Development
Power Point Presentation on Women-Food Security-Peace & Conflict
  • Ms. Lois A. Herman – Coordinator, WUNRN, Women’s UN Report Network & WILPF FAO Delegate
  • Ms. Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison to UN
Moderator: Mr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram - FAO Assistant Director-General & Coordinator for Economic & Social Development
Coffee & Tea Will Be Served.


La construcción de políticas públicas para la Agricultura Familiar en Colombia requiere de nuestra participación critica y propositiva, por eso es muy importante la participación en este Foro Nacional.

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Post-its of the Coordinator of AHG attending FAO Conference 2013:

  • Address by Mr Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Discours de Son Excellence Monsieur Boni Yayi, Président de la République du Bénin
  • Her Excellency Ms Nunzia De Girolamo Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policy of Italy [english]
  • Her Excellency Tina Joemat-Pettersson Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the Republic of South Africa
  • Son Excellence Monsieur Mohamed Ben Salem Ministre de l'agriculture de la République tunisienne [french]
  • Her Excellency Laurence Argimon Pistre Ambassador Permanent Representative to FAO Delegation of the European Union
  • Brief distributed during FAO Conference

    ROME, JUNE 15-22

    The Office of Communication, Partnerships and Advocacy, OCP, is pleased to announce that the Austria Room (C237) will be available from 12.30 to 14.00 hours on Saturday 15 June to Observers from International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) attending the 38th Session of the Conference, so that they may share information on and coordinate their contribution to the Organization's activities and programmes.

    On Sunday 16 June at 15.00 hours a special event on "Recognizing outstanding progress in fighting hunger" will take place in the Plenary Hall to honour achievements in combatting hunger and recognize countries that have made outstanding progress in improving food security for their citizens. All FAO Members are invited to participate in the event

    Bringing civil society voices to Rome


    International Year of Quinoa

    AHG was present at the meeting on 28 of May on
    "Progress during the year following CFS’endorsement of the VGGT"

    Session was opened by Deputy Director General Dan Gustafson. Reports from Climate, Energy and Tenure Division, Forestry Economics, Policy and Products Division and Fisheries and Aquaculture Economics and Policy Division Officers have been well illustrated on the subject of VGGT implementation.
    Many different questions and suggestions came from the audience by countries representatives, especially Germany, USA, Canadà, Argentina, Ecuador, Zimbabwe and Civil Society organisations.

    After the endorsement and adoption of Voluntary Guidelines from Governments in 180 countries, conferences and workshops are proposed and held at country and regional level.
    All stakeholders are now committed in the implementation considering that VGGT is a global document to be discussed and adapted to the communities with different languages and standards of life. FAO wishes to have a coordinated approach in respect of each Region, willing to send also technical support.
    Recent requests came from Myanmar, Namibia, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Zambia, South Sudan for workshops.
    In Vietnam a Technical Unit with various skills has been created to reinforce the Regional FAO Team, (IFAD support, different partnerships).

    As INGOs with a diversificate membership in all Continents, we demand to our Networks and Boards to help in Supporting Implementation of Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure, Fisheries and Forests also in attending and promoting the coming Seminaries and Workshops at regional and country level (the schedule will be posted soon).

    Meeting Announcement 28 May

    Meeting on “Supporting Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines”

    We are excited to announce that on Tuesday 28 May, from 09:30-12:30 Rome time, we will mark the first year since CFS’s endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines with a meeting at FAO headquarters in Rome.

    The objective of the meeting remains to keep alive the spirit of understanding, cooperation and partnership that existed during the negotiations of the Voluntary Guidelines. The meeting will provide an opportunity for an update on the work in support of implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines. This update will include information on the regional dissemination programme and the emerging interest by some countries in improving tenure governance. It will also provide updates on the recent “International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition” and the negotiations on the “Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication”.

    Best wishes! Global Prosperity in 2013

    Dear friends and Members of the Ad Hoc Group,
    Hope to be at the end of a period of hardship, caused by one of the more difficult years in recent history.
    Best wishes to our many stories as international membership-based organizations with sensible heart in the struggle against Poverty and Hunger.
    High Hopes that the Proposal of an AHG campaign receives support from FAO and the determined efforts of all Heads of INGOs represented.
    Looking forward to a very productive, happy, peaceful and creative 2013!
        Cristina Gorajski V - BPW repr. and coordinator of the AHG -
    Estimados amigos y miembros del Grupo Ad Hoc ante FAO,
    Confìo que estamos al final de un periodo penoso, a causa de uno de los peores años de la historia reciente.
    Los mejores deseos y parabienes hacia nuestra labor en cuanto organizaciones internacionales a base de membresía, con corazón sensible en la lucha contra la Pobreza y el Hambre.
    Grande la esperanza de que la propuesta de una campaña AHG reciba el apoyo de FAO y el esfuerzo decidido de todos los Jefes de las INGO.s representadas.
    Adelante, que sea un 2013 muy productivo, feliz, con Paz y creatividad !
        Cristina Gorajski V - repr. BPW y coordinadora AHG -

    FAO Strategy for Partnerships with Civil Society
    Calendar of FAO Governing Bodies and Other Main Sessions 2012-2014


    Dear NGO Colleagues,

    "On this International Day of Families, I call on governments, civil society, families and individuals to support initiatives that bring people together across generations toward building a healthier world for all."

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

    Families hold societies together, and intergenerational relationships extend this legacy over time. There is a growing recognition around the world that we need to strengthen policies promoting intergenerational solidarity and support intergenerational programmes and initiatives. This year’s International Day of Families is an occasion to celebrate connections among all members of the constellation that makes up a family. It is also an opportunity to reflect on how they are affected by social and economic trends – and in response what we can do to strengthen families.

    Please find here the official message from the Secretary-Genera l for the International Day of Families 2013.

    Yours Sincerely,
    NGO Relations Section
    Department of Public Information
    United Nations Headquarters in New York

    WORLD FOOD WEEK 2012 - OCTOBER 15-20 at FAO

    • CFS 39 final report
      (including CSM recommendations agreed on climate change)  [PDF]

    • CFS 2012: Principles for responsible investment in agriculture to be developed
      Committee on World Food Security approves two-year process  [URL]

    • Investment in agroecology to end hunger and build resilient communities

    • CFS 2012: Note pour influencer les gouvernements sur CSA/changements climatiques....

    WATER AND FOOD, 4-11 February
    Online consultation for the World We Want 2015


    BENIN 22 – 24, NOVEMBRE 2012
    Palais des Congrès Cotonou, BENIN
    THÈME : « Femmes rurales et nouvelles opportunités d’affaires »

    CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) Action Plan Online Review and Consultations

    Invitation from the CGIAR to provide feedback on the draft Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) Action Plan:

    In November 2012 the Funders Forum will consider the Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) Action Plan which addresses omissions from the February 2011 version of the SRF. This SRF Action Plan is going to strongly influence the CGIAR Performance Management System and the consideration of foresight within the CGIAR. It will therefore both influence the current and future direction of research within the CGIAR. As it will be a key CGIAR document we want stakeholders to be able to provide feedback on the document during the drafting process.

    Phase 1: E-Feedback The draft SRF Action Plan will be ready for consultations on the 31st August. We will make this available to those who have registered though this form. This form is open now and will continue to be open through September 30th. Those who have registered will be provided with the Draft SRF Action Plan for comment on the 3rd September 2012 (if all goes to plan). From the 3rd until the 9th September 2012 participants will be able to submit comments freely on any aspect of the SRF Action Plan. This process of seeking feedback will be termed E-Feedback.

    Phase 2: E-Consult The comments will then be collated and the key areas of discussion will be identified for further discussion which will be termed E-Consult. A facilitated consultation will then take place on these issues from the 24-30th September 2012. The conclusions from E-Consult will be provided to the SRF Working Group of CGIAR Science Leaders for consideration in the final version of the SRF Action Plan which will be submitted to the Funders Forum for their approval.

    To get involved in these discussions please register here.

    October 2012: relevant articles linked to Civil Society and FAO work

    “Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development”

       For more information, click here.

    Have a look at the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) Booklet

    CSM Booklet: is an easy and simple guide to the CSOs to better inform about the reformed CFS (Committee on World Food Security) and the CSM (Civil society mechanism).

    The Booklet is prepared with support from IFSN (International Food Security Network), and it is a result of the collective effort from a wide range of CSM members.

    It contains an updated contact details as well. It is also available in: http://www.ifsn.info/images/Publications/IFSN_CSM_CFSGuide.pdf.

    We thank all who supported and helped to produce this.

    2012 Civil Society more organised at FAO Regional Conferences - We were there

    Ad Hoc Group has been invited mid-december to the meeting in Budapest, together with other representatives of the CSM/ONG constituency and staff officers, in order to prepare the FAO regional constultation in April 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

    FAO regional group priorities (the agenda of the Conference), modalities of intervention of the CS representatives, as well as the items of interest in the EU-Central Asia region were examined. The current FAO discussions on regionalization of CFS reform and elements for the multi-stakeholder meeting with governments and private sector were also discussed taking into account that it is New that CS meeting will be part of the FAO regional meeting in Baku where also a meeting of the European commission on Agriculture (ECA) and a ministerial conference for the final decision on FAO work plan and budget will be made.

    AHG will consider all organizations' presence and participation at the Regional Conferences, reports to present and suggestions at the next meeting on February 2nd.

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    Final Text of Voluntary Guidelines available online

    The Final Draft of the Voluntary Guidelines is now available in English at http://www.fao.org/nr/tenure/voluntary-guidelines.
    The other languages versions will be made available as soon as they have been translated.

    2011 World Food Week - October 17-20 - we were there

    Women in Agriculture - Side Event at FAO 2011 on June 30 - we were there

    On June 30, 2011 the AdhocGroup of INGOs at FAO in Rome promoted successfully the side event on 'Women in Agriculture'. The Representative to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) for BPW International and Ad Hoc Group Coordinator, Cristina Gorajski in her presentation declared their intention of contributing to the main theme of the FAO Conference "The Vital Role of Women in Agriculture and Rural Development" with statements on microcredit, land tenure and cooperation. The Moderator, Thomas Price of the FAO OCER department also gathered messages from other NGOs partners in this event.
    The SOFA 2011 report "Women in agriculture: Closing the gender gap for development" was presented by Marcela Villarreal, Director of the FAO's Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division, not only moved the audience, but also supported what many have thought all along: "We need more women in Agriculture". The findings on "Women in Agriculture: Closing the gender gap for Development" demonstrated that proper access to resources and a major improvement in the policies and laws to cover the gender gap, will have a long lasting impact on economic growth. Closing the gender gap in development will reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 12 to 17 percent which will translate into 100 to 150 million people lifted out of poverty. This hard work which aligns with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will require great collaboration among governments, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and agricultural sectors.
    The Ad Hoc Group which included members from the IFBPW, Rotary International, Soroptimist International, Lions Clubs International, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, International Catholic Rural Association, Federation Internationale des Femmes des Carri�res Jurisdiques, ActionAid, International Federation for Home Economics and CIDSE (16 Catholic development organizations from Europe and North America) all agreed with the SOFA report. The participants shared their messages, comments, projects, developing activities and suggested possible solutions.
    The message to spread was clear: closing the gender gap in development means social and economic well being of the society not only today but, more importantly, in the future.

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          IFHE - NL September 2011       Soroptimist International       BPW

    FAO Conference 2011 June 25-July 2

    sign the petition to end hunger

    30th June 2011 - 13:00/14:30
    Philippines Room C277-281

    Side Event

        • Presentation
        • Words from FAO
        • Reports from International NGOs:
           • Rotary International
           • Soroptimist International
           • Lions Clubs International
           • International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage
           • International Catholic Rural Association
        • Statements from the floor
           • Federation Internationale des Femmes des carrières juridiques
           • Action Aid
           • Wocan
           • International Federation For Home Economics
           • CIDSE
           • International Alliance of Women
           • WILPF

    International Women Day at FAO - we were there

    sign the petition to end hunger
    FAO, IFAD and WFP - International Women’s Day
    Agriculture: closing the gender gap

    The State of Food and Agriculture 2010-11

    Tuesday March 8 2011 - 9:30/12:30
    Green Room, FAO Headquarters