On the first day of the 39th Session, the Committee on World Food Security participated in two policy roundtables informed by the reports of the High Level Panel of Experts: Climate Change and Food Security; and, Social Protection and Food Security. The roundtables were less dynamic than in other years (in my opinion, although others that I have spoken to disagree). There are around 30 ministers here this year and their statements to the plenary take away time from discussion but also changes the tone of the meeting. Tomorrow we still start to negotiate the decision boxes on these important issues.

Who's behind the land grabs? A look at some of the people pursuing or supporting large farmland grabs around the world (From GRAIN). Every day there are new stories of companies...

I am sitting in the Policy Roundtable on Food Security and Climate Change at the 39th Session of the Committee on World Food Security. It's a bit of a slog, I'll be honest. The main issue raised in this post is that while it is OK for the G20 to go well beyond the scope of its authority and legitimacy, by tasking and issuing policy mandates to other bodies, it is apparently not ok for the CFS, with a mandate of policy cohesion,  to do the same.

The 39th Session of the CFS has gotten underway with a FULL plenary. They have 200 more people in attendance this year! As a result, all of the sessions will...

I am currently in Rome working at the FAO library. It's sorta the greatest...

The State of Food Insecurity Report (SOFI) 2012 is out and is titled "Economic Growth is Necessary but not Sufficient to Accelerate Hunger and Malnutrition". You can download the report here: http://www.fao.org/docrep/016/i3027e/i3027e00.htm? Key Messages...

The Oxford University's Food Governance Group is hosting a series of lunch-time seminars on The Politics and Practices of Food Governance, including a very interesting lecture by my Supervisor, David...