With the UN Committee on World Food Security's adoption of the report of its 2015 plenary session, the CFS took important commitments that will be critical to ensure that it can deliver on its role and lead the global efforts to achieve zero hunger and a sustainable agriculture by 2030 and realize the right to adequate food.
As world leaders prepare for the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris in December to hammer out a climate deal, Female Food Heroes and others from across the continent are asking those representing Africa to take a bold stance.
In many parts of Pakistan, climate change has threatened the livelihoods of millions of people in recent years. Rural farming communities are the most vulnerable. Women from climate change hit areas have finally decided that they will no more remain silent and would come out and raise their voices for their rights.
The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has taken an important step to agree on the way forward to address complex and protracted crises. The CFS should play a leading in role in ensuring that all relevant stakeholders come together in the next months and take action to fully implement the Framework for Action.
This week thousands of people around the world are standing shoulder to shoulder with rural women, who are not only feeling the harshest effects of climate change but, in the face of woeful government inaction, are also leading the fight in feeding their communities, and the world.
The Zero Hunger Goal agreed in New York in September as a part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda is a historical and inspiring commitment. Now we need to ensure that all needed policies and actions are in place to realize the vision of a world free of hunger by 2030 through a human right based approach.
Millions of poor people face hunger and poverty this year and next because of droughts and erratic rains as global temperatures reach record levels and because of the onset of a powerful El Nino, the climatic phenomenon that develops in the tropical Pacific which can bring extreme weather to several regions.
In its design, the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture threatens to perpetuate both inequalities of power and forms of industrial agricultural production that cause major greenhouse gas emissions and drive climate change. Agro-ecology, however,offers a major alternative to the industrial agriculture model, if sufficiently supported by political and economic decision makers.
When world leaders meet at the UN this week they will endorse a momentous goal to end extreme poverty and hunger by 2030. For a world grappling with crises, tragedies and injustice, it is a rare vision of hope. Can we make it a reality?
From the 17-18 August 2015, SADC (Southern African Development Community) Heads of State will take key decisions that will determine the direction of development and integration in the region. They should elevate one issue above all others: the importance of investment in women and smallholder farmers.