Implementing CFS Guidelines for people and planet: the role of the private sector

We will host an official side event at the 48th Plenary of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS48), alongside organisers CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

CFS guidelines are designed to provide evidence-based guidance to governments, specialised institutions and other stakeholders, on the effective policies, investments and institutional arrangements that are needed to contribute to reshaping or promoting healthy and sustainable food systems.

Join this interactive, multi-stakeholder conversation to explore how CFS guidelines are being used, integrated and translated for the private sector, with a panel discussion on the role of monitoring frameworks for business and the challenges regarding to alignment or implementation.


  • Showcase how initiatives have integrated CFS products into their work;
  • Hear from stakeholder to why business alignment of monitoring frameworks, such as CFS products, are crucial to realise more impact for farming communities and the planet;
  • Discuss the challenges regarding to alignment or implementation and how these could be remedied.


  • Moderator: Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Director and Chairwoman, African Research Universities Alliance Centre for Excellence in Sustainable Food Systems (ARUA-SFS)
  • Keynote address: Hans Hoogeveen, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN Organization for Food and Agriculture
  • Presenter: Luiza Margulis, Research Analyst, World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA)
  • Panelists:
    • Tiffany Talsma, Climate Strategy Specialist, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
    • Viktoria De Bourbon De Parme, Lead Food and Agriculture Transformation, World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA)
    • Victoria Crawford, Investment Partnership Network Manager, The Just Rural Transition at World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
    • Nono Sekhoto, Commercial Farmer, Agriculturist, Lead of African Leadership for Agribusiness Network (ALA)
  • Closing remarks: Philippe Ellul, UNFSS Secretariat, Research & Innovation Strategy 2030
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