Tasks and objectives
The CFS was established in 1974 as an intergovernmental body and steering committee of FAO and was reformed in 2009 to become a multi-stakeholder committee.
In the CFS, government representatives, representatives of international organisations and stakeholders from civil society and the private sector jointly develop strategies and guidelines.
Their aim is to combat hunger worldwide, to assure food security and to promote the right to food in sufficient quantity and quality.
Below you will find a selection of CFS products:
- Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises,
- Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems,
- Voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security.
More information on CFS products can be found here.
The adoption of these guidelines is planned during CFS47 in October 2020.
CFS consists of
- members (states),
- participants (representatives of UN organisations, civil society, research and science, international financial institutions and representatives of private sector bodies and foundations); and
- observers, who may be invited to meetings of the CFS on specific occasions.
CFS reports to the United Nations General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the FAO Conference.
- The CFS Plenary is held annually in October in Rome. It is the main forum for decisions and debates of all actors on a global level.
- The CFS Bureau takes over the management tasks between the plenary sessions. It consists of a chairman and twelve representatives from the Member States.
- The Advisory Group supports the Bureau in its work. It currently consists of two main mechanisms, one civil Society (CSM) and one private sector (PSM). Also represented are: the three Roman UN agencies (FAO, WFP, IFAD), UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN), World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank, and representatives of science and foundations.
- The CFS has a permanent secretariat that supports the plenary, the Bureau and the Advisory Group.
- The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) provides independent scientific reports that serve as a basis for policy discussions in the CFS.
It is jointly financed by the three Roman UN organisations (FAO, WFP, IFAD).
All three Roman UN organisations provide staff for the Secretariat and finance a large part of the core budget.
Moreover, in order to be able to work effectively, additional voluntary contributions from Member States are necessary.
CFS and Germany
The German government attaches great importance to the Food and Agriculture Committee (CFS) because of its multi-sectoral structure and role in rights-based work.
The CFS plays an important role in implementing Agenda 2030. Through its work and products, it supports, above all, the implementation of SDG 2 “Zero Hunger” and promotes the coherence of political measures at national level.
A particular advantage in this regard is that its products and recommendations are based on the cooperative character of the committee. This is unique in the UN system.
As of March 2020
Thanawat Tiensin, Thailand, since October 2019
Committee on World Food Security
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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