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UN Committee for World Food Security endorses voluntary guidelines to end hunger

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UN Committee for World Food Security endorses voluntary guidelines to end hunger:


Context:

The first-ever voluntary guidelines on food systems and nutrition meant to end hunger and malnutrition were endorsed by members of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).

  • The guidelines have been developed to support countries in their efforts to eradicate all forms of hunger and malnutrition by utilising a comprehensive food systems approach.

They are structured around seven focus areas:

  1. Transparent, democratic and accountable governance.
  2. Sustainable food supply chains to achieve healthy diets in the context of economic, social and environmental sustainability and climate change.
  3. Equal and equitable access to healthy diets through sustainable food systems.
  4. Food safety across sustainable food systems.
  5. People-centred nutrition knowledge, education and information.
  6. Gender equality and women’s empowerment across food systems.
  7. Resilient food systems in humanitarian contexts.

Objectives and focus:

  • The guidelines are intended to build upon and complement the work and mandate of other international bodies, for example the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025).
  • They call for realisation of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security for all, particularly for the most vulnerable and affected groups.
  • They focus on policy planning and governance so that food systems can be made more resilient and responsive and are in accordance with needs of consumers and producers too, especially small and marginal farmers.

About the Committee on World Food Security (CFS):

Established in 1974 as an intergovernmental body to serve as a forum in the United Nations System for review and follow-up of policies concerning world food security including production and physical and economic access to food.

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. About CFS.
  2. Overview of guidelines to end hunger.

Mains Link:

Discuss the significance of the voluntary guidelines on food systems and nutrition meant to end hunger and malnutrition.

Sources: Indian Express.

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