Assessing the United Nations' HLPE Report #15: "Food Security and Nutrition: Building a Global Narrative Towards 2030”

Type: Virtual Panel
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Development Geographies Specialty Group
Organizers: William Moseley
Chairs: William Moseley


Sometimes referred to as the IPCC of food security, the High Level Panel of Experts for Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) provides scientific advice to the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), a policy coordinating body for the UN’s Rome-based agencies. In 2020, the HLPE released its 15th report entitled “Food Security and Nutrition: Building a Global Narrative Towards 2030.” The report provides strategic guidance towards the achievement of the SDGs, especially SDG 2: “End hunger, achieve food security and nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.” The timing of the report is critical. The state of global food security and nutrition is alarming, with an estimated 821 million people experiencing chronic undernourishment and with poor nutrition contributing to nearly 45% of the deaths in children under the age of five. The COVID-19 pandemic makes this situation even more urgent as world hunger is rising, with the most affected being the poorest and most vulnerable segments of the population. In an ‘author meets critics’ style format, this panel assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the report’s contributions to conceptual thinking, discourse and policy for food security and nutrition.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction William Moseley Macalester College 10
Panelist Garrett Graddy-Lovelace American University School of International Service 8
Panelist Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong University of Denver 8
Panelist Michael Jahi Chappell SAAFON 8
Panelist Joeva Rock University of San Francisco 8
Panelist Karl Zimmerer Pennsylvania State University 8
Panelist Brian Dowd-Uribe University of San Francisco 8

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