FAO appoints 15 experts to serve in food security committee

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ethiopia's Director General of the Environmental Protect ion Authority, Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, is among the 15 world-class exper t s named to serve in the Food and Agric Organisation (FAO) food security committe e .
Egziabher and the other experts will serve in the FAO High Level Panel of Expert s on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) Steering Committee.
The move is part of an ongoing reform of the international governance of food se curity and nutrition, the UN food and agriculture agency said in a press stateme n t made available to PANA here over the weekend.
The Steering Committee will appoint ad-hoc expert teams to provide independent e xpert knowledge on food security-related topics.
Its function will be to assess and analyze the current state of food security an d nutrition and its underlying causes and provide scientific and knowledge-based analysis and advice on specific policy-relevant issues.
Steering committee members were appointed by the CFS, an inter-governmental body of the UN, under an international nomination process.
They come from a wide range of backgrounds related to food security and will ser ve for two years.
The CFS Plenary Session, from 11-16 October will decide on a first list of topic s to be commissioned from the HLPE for analysis.
The CFS was opened up to a wider group of stakeholders under a reform carried ou t last year to make it more effective, while its ability to promote policies tha t reduce food insecurity was also increased.
Another objective of the reform is to ensure that the CFS based its decisions on food security on high-quality scientific knowledge and advice.
The Chairperson of the Committee on World Food Security, Noel De Luna, said: "Th e constitution of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition is an essential step towards better decisions on how to fight hunger and malnutr i tion and promote agricultural and rural development worldwide.

05 septembre 2010 15:30:00

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