The North American regional representatives to the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) of the Committee on World Food Security of the Food and Agriculture Organization extend an open invitation to civil society organizations to participate in a discussion of the zero draft of the Principles on Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI). The RAI are being created to ensure that agricultural investment is undertaken in a manner that supports the universal realization of the right to food, enhances food security and nutrition, reduces poverty, and promotes sustainable agricultural development. The discussion and resulting recommendations on the draft principles will be shared out to the Committee on Food Security’s Open-ended Working Group at its next meeting in September.

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  • Date & Time 

    Monday, September 16, 11:30am-4:00pm

    Location & Directions

    American University, Washington College of Law, 4800 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 603, Washington DC

    Parking is available at the Washington College of Law. Visitors can also reach the campus via the metro by taking the Red Line to the Tenley metro stop, then taking the American University  bus (no charge) to the law school campus. When exiting the Tenley station, proceed directly out and across the street to the designated AU bus stop.

    For more information about the Civil Society Mechanism and the Principles visit http://www.csm4cfs.org/.

  • Agenda

    11:30am-12:00pm Registration and lunch
    12:00pm-12:05pm Welcome Hadar Harris - Executive Director  Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law
    12:05pm-12:15pm Opening Remarks Brother Dave Andrews - Senior Representative - Food and Water Watch and North American Representative to the CSM
    12:15-12:45pm Overview of the reform of the Committee on World Food Security and elaboration of structures and intergovernmental decision-making processes Brother Dave Andrews - Senior Representative - Food and Water Watch and North American Representative to the CSM
    12:45pm-1:15pm Issues of the Committee on World Food Security: Tenure guidelines right to food social protections and bio fuels Marie Brill - Executive Director - Action Aid
    1:15pm-1:45pm Update on the zero draft of the Principles on Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI): Civil society - U.S. Government and Canadian Government perspectives Douglas Hertzler - Senior Policy Analyst - Action Aid
    1:45pm-2:00pm Coffee Break
    2:00pm-3:30pm Open discussion of the RAI  Facilitator: Karen Hansen-Kuhn - International Program Director - IATP
    3:30pm-4:00pm Recommendations to the Open-ended Working Group and strategies for North American civil society organizations Facilitator: Matthew Canfield - PhD Candidate - Department of Anthropology - New York University
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