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IUF & the UN High Level Task Force on the global food security crisis

The UN High Level Task Force (HLTF) was set up in April 2008 in response to the food crisis sparked by soaring food prices, leading to riots in many countries.

The task force developed a Comprehensive Framework for Action  (CFA) as the UN's plan for how to respond to the food crisis in a "coherent and co-ordinated way". The CFA does not mention agricultural workers or their contribution to food security. Indeed it does not deal with employment issues.  After lobbying by the IUF, the ILO convened a workshop on the food crisis and its impact on decent work. The co-ordinator of HLTF was invited to present the CFA. The workshop recommended to the ILO Governing Body that the ILO become part of the HLTF – and this it has subsequently done.
The AWTG now takes part in regular consultations with the HLTF and is developing training courses for affiliates to work with the Task Force and governments at national level to ensure employment issues are included in national action plans to ensure food security. 
For further information on the UN HLTF see their website.

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