13–18 October 2014 Elkana representatives – Mariam Jorjadze, Director and Dani Tabukashvili, Food Security project manager, participated in the CFS (Committee on World Food Security - http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-home/en) plenary session hosted by FAO headquarters in Rome.
The CFS has been established in 1974 as an intergovernmental body in the UN (United Nations) system to serve as a forum and follow-up world food security policies.
Since 2009 every stakeholder including private and civil society sectors has the right to speak out.
The CFS is composed of members, participants and observers. The membership of the Committee is open to all member states of The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UN. Participants can be representatives of the private sector, the civil society and non-governmental organizations who are involved in the agricultural or rural development projects. As for observers, the CFS may invite other interested organizations relevant to its work to observe entire sessions or specific agenda items.
Representatives of non-governmental organizations and the civil society have established the CSM (Civil Society Mechanism - http://www.csm4cfs.org) to ensure maximal influence of the civil society on agriculture, food security and nutrition policies and actions.
At the session, among other issues, problems of food losses and waste and innovations in Family Farming: Towards Ensuring Food Security and Nutrition, were discussed.
On October 11-12, before the CFS plenary session, the CSM-Forum was held where “Elkana” representatives have also participated. Representatives of the civil society had discussions about agroecology and have established their position on the RAI (Responsible Agricultural Investment). The final principles of the RAI (http://www.fao.org/3/a-ml291e.pdf) were adopted during the CFS plenary session.
The Participation of Elkana representatives in the events has been supported by the project “Improving Regional Food Security through National Strategies and Small Holder Production in the South Caucasus” financed by EC and lead by OXFAM GB .