CFS 37 01 Opening Session
UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), 37th Session

17 October 2011, Rome - Opening session of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), 37th Session. FAO headquarters (Plenary Hall). The CFS is an intergovernmental body that acts as the lead UN forum for review and follow-up of policies concerning world food security. In addition to UN agencies, it includes civil society organizations and NGOs, international research institutions and financial and trade institutions, as well as private sector and philanthropic foundations engaged in rural development and food security work.

The Thirty seventh Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will open at
14.30 hours on Monday, 17 October 2011, at FAO headquarters. Provisions have been made for the Session to continue until 13.0 hours on Saturday, 22 October.

Statements by the heads of FAO, IFAD, WFP, and from the Chair of the High‐Level
Panel of Experts Steering Committee

Highlights of the SOFI 2011: Presentation by FAO Assistant Director-General, Economic and Social Department, Hafez Ghanem.

Highlights of the meeting and related side-events include:

Ÿ An NGO and civil society forum focused on the issue of "land grabbing" and civil society expectations for CFS. Monday 17, 12:30h – Lebanon Room, D209
Ÿ Private Sector Forum will feature discussions on successful case studies and lessons learned from public-private and private-private partnerships in achieving food security and sustainable agricultural development. Tuesday 18, 12:30h – Austria Room, C237
Ÿ Three multi-stakeholder round-table policy discussions will look at food price volatility, how to promote more investment in small-holder agriculture and gender, food security and nutrition. Tuesday 18 October, 14:30 – FAO Plenary Hall and Wednesday 19th October, 9.30 in the Red and Green Rooms
Ÿ A dialogue between African governments and African family farmers titled "Africa can feed itself!" focusing on what sort of investments are needed, and what model of agriculture should be promoted. Tuesday 18, 12:30h – Iran Room, B016
Ÿ The World Bank will present its recently released Gender Equality and Development: World Development Report 2012. Wednesday 19, 12:30h – Red Room, 1st floor, bldg. A

The opening session of CFS (starting 14:30h on 17 Oct.) will be webcast at:

Full CFS agenda:

Schedule of CFS side-events:

The Twitter hashtag for this CFS session is #cfs37.
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