Today (October 16) is World Food Day, celebrated every year to mark the founding of the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in 1945 and to highlight challenges in providing food security. The official theme of this year’s World Food Day, announced by FAO, is “Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World.” The theme was chosen to highlight the role of cooperatives in improving food security and contributing to the eradication of hunger.
In honour of World Food Day, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Alliance‘s daily ECO briefing on the CBD’s 11th Conference of Parties (COP-11) has focused on the role of agricultural biodiversity and food sovereignty in attaining food security. The briefing includes several insightful articles on the close relationship between rights-based biodiversity conservation and food security. The Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCA) Consortium prepared a contribution for the briefing on “The Interdependence of Food Sovereignty and ICCAs.” Other articles consider in situ conservation, the threats to biodiversity posed by genetically modified organisms and synthetic biology, small-scale fisheries, and violations of human rights in India’s forests.