Join HIC’s Strategic Workstream: Habitat and Food Systems


What is
HIC currently engaged in?

Society Mechanism 
(CSM) for the Committee on World Food Security 

The CSM is
the largest international mechanism of civil society organizations (CSOs)
seeking to influence agriculture, food security and nutrition policies and
actions nationally, regionally and globally. In this space, many organizations
and movements participate, but the coordinating committee is representative of
17 sub-regions and 11 constituencies. HIC facilitates the Urban Food and Nutrition Security Constituency (formerly referred to as Urban Poor) with two representatives.

that we are engaged in (current processes under negotiation/discussion are in

·Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure Land,
Fisheries and Forests (now being implemented)

·Food loss and waste

·Nutrition (following
up the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) participation)

·Implementing an innovative monitoring mechanisms for CFS decisions

·Framework for Action for Food and Nutrition Security in Protracted

·Water in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition

Planning Committee on Food Sovereignty (IPC):

The IPC is
an autonomous and self-organized global platform of small-scale food producers
and rural worker organizations and grassroots/community-based social movements
to advance the food sovereignty agenda at the global and regional level.

work we are engaged in:

·Implementation of the Tenure Guidelines (developing training materials,
contributing to the Popular Manual)

·Linkages between land and water


·City-region food systems

·Right to the City

·Localizing the new Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI) Principles

Food Systems Collaborative

·Multi-actor platform of common interest to promote the agenda of
integrated urban and rural planning, including food systems; HIC’s engagement
is to represent the social movement/local community and human rights

·Began as an interest to support integrating food systems and
rural-urban/territorial approaches to planning at the city level into the
Habitat III process;

·Thus far, we have worked jointly with civil partners and local
authorities in: WUF7, CFS 41, Habitat III PrepCom 2;

·Current major projects in the Collaborative:

     — Urban
Food Policy Pact

     — Preparations toward Habitat III

Join this
HIC Workstream!

Now that
HIC has established these important policy spaces, Members can better utilize
them and build a stronger constituency.

strongly encourages Members that have in interest in working on these issues to
raise the voice of the urban populations in international policy on food. HIC
is working cooperatively to build communities ability to: create better
livelihoods in rural and urban areas, increase levels of health and nutrition,
support public markets in cities, deal with land tenure in rural and areas,
support urban agriculture, and promote the peoples’ right to participate in decision making in urban

This area
and strategic line of HIC work adds an important dimension to the Global
Platform on the Right to the City, by addressing for coherently the bundle of
human rights and needs facing urban communities. Expressing the right to
adequate food and nutrition—like the right to adequate housing—in the urban
context will contribute further to the global and local iterations of the Right
to the City.

If you are
engaged in work on habitat and food systems, or are interested to learn more,
then please email Emily Mattheisen ( and Davinder Lamba (

We look
forward to undertaking this exciting and timely work together!