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The Need for Women and Gender Equality in the Text

By Kimberly Lopez Castellanos

Men are predominantly seen as the “head of the household,” right? So wouldn’t a lot of the burden of keeping up with the household fall on them? If this is true, why is it that women are more vulnerable throughout the world? At this moment, women are suffering from inequality because they are the ones that provide stability and security not only for themselves but for their families as well. Don’t believe me? Let’s look at some examples that show this in relation to climate change. How are women being affected? What can be done to shift this inequality? Read more…


Lessons from Language: CFS41 in Hindsight

by Khristian Méndez //

Two weeks ago, Chairperson Gerda Verburg was wrapping up CFS41 in a room that had perhaps a third of the people who were there on opening day. An exhausting experience, this plenary session of the CFS planted several ideas in me about language. If you like numbers, ghosts, or interpretation, keep reading.

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Sustainability: A First World Problem

Due to my old-school version of note taking—by hand and chronologically, in a little notebook—I unfortunately cannot recall the full context in which session staffer Stephanie Hanson of the One Acre Fund talked about sustainability, but I’ll give it the good old college try.  Ms. Hanson stated that the question of sustainability – with regard to agricultural development in developing countries – is a “First World question.”  She stated that it is unethical for us “First Worlders” to debate the sustainability of agricultural practices in countries where people are hungry and suffer from poverty. Read more…

Nothing about us, without us / The 5th Annual CSO Forum

by Clara Mareschal & Khristian Méndez //


We are at work.

Civil Society Organizations from around the world are gathered once more at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, to prepare in advance their coordinated visions on the political architecture needed to guarantee food security and nutrition for all. This is the 5th Annual Civil Society Forum of the International Civil Society Mechanism for Food Security and Nutrition (CSM).

Finding [a][our] Voice?

 By Pablo Aguilera Del Castillo

FAO, Rome

Day One 


6:30 am. I wake up and get ready for the first day at the conference with the other people in the civil society group, also called the Civil Society Mechanism for the CSF or the Committee on World Food Security. I start revising the background documents with a cappuccino in hand as I wait for the rest of the delegation to come to the lobby of the hostel. A number of conflicts start to become apparent as I go through the various documents prepared by the World Bank, the CFS, Civil Society, and the High Level Panel of Experts. Some people have filled their recommendations for policy with the words “market efficiency” over and over again, while some others see government action as the main tool to address food insecurity in the world. Are the invisible hand and the leviathan our big hopes? How can we make sure that no one goes hungry again? Read more…