Day 1: Policy Convergence?

By Nimisha Bastedo

It’s hard to know how to begin articulating all that’s going on, but I’ll try and get some of the cloud that’s taking over my brain onto this page. The contrast between the weekend’s civil society forum and today’s official proceedings is huge. The morning was filled with the formalities of introduction speeches all quoting the most recent reports on the state of world food insecurity. There was a lot of: “We applaud the remarkable progress, but we still have a long way to go.”

Read more…

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…

Hard and Fast Facts on What’s Happening in Rome

by Khristian Méndez

As a preparatory meeting for the 40th Plenary Session of the World Committee on Food Security, over 175 representatives from Civil Society met yesterday at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, in Rome, Italy. More on what is happening after the jump.

Read more…

Arrival into the People’s space of food politics


By Nimisha Bastedo and Clara de Iturbe


We’ve arrived at the heart of global food politics: The Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome. We’re here for the 40th annual meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). As one of the opening speakers said yesterday morning, this committee is the “foremost inclusive, international, intergovernmental platform” for addressing food security and nutrition.

Soon, these halls will be filled with government representatives, coming from around the world to negotiate how they should move forward on some of the most pressing issues affecting the current state of global food security. But yesterday, not a single government was at the table. This weekend it is our space – the space of civil society. Read more…