11 Oct 2017

Mr. Seeborun express farmers' appreciation for the future CFS program of work

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Mr. Gunsham Seeborun, President of Falcon Citizen League, at CFS 44 took the floor on behalf of WFO, expressing farmers' appreciation for the future CFS program of work and the Multi-stakeholder partnerships to finance and improve food security and nutrition in the framework of the 2030 Agenda.

"WFO presents its compliments to the CFS Chair, Secretariat and the Member States for the excellent work dispensed so far on the different workstreams, especially in identifying the areas of work of the Committee for the next biennium 2018-2019.

WFO and the represented farmers and farming organizations are eager to continue the work in CFS during the coming years.

I am Gunsham Seeborun, representative of the farmers’ constituency.

We acknowledge the efforts made this year by the Open-Ended Working Group on Multi-Year Program of Work which are fully reflected in this document presented today to the plenary.

With regards to the different workstreams and the future CFS program of work, we totally agree on the fact that it will depend on the outcomes of the follow-up process to the CFS evaluation to be presented next year to CFS45.

While we, farmers, believe that the different workstreams included in the document are important, we recommend to prioritize the one on the CFS engagement in advancing Food Security and Nutrition as well as the one on the CFS engagement in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Indeed the 2030 Agenda with its 17 SDGs, has a holistic approach towards sustainable development and it includes a special focus on relevant issues for the work of the Committee such as ending hunger (SDG2), empowering women (SDG5), encouraging the multi-stakeholder approach (SDG17).

Furthermore, we strongly support the workstream on the Multi-stakeholder partnerships to finance and improve food security and nutrition in the framework of the 2030 Agenda. More specifically, we really appreciate the focus on partnerships with farmers’ organizations, associations and cooperatives as a focus of the report to be produced by the HLPE. Farmers as the first link in the food chain can and have to make the difference.

Farmers strongly believe in multi-stakeholder partnerships as the only way to achieve food and nutrition security for all and are ready to work with all the CFS stakeholders on this important task".

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