The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is not a separate organization, but a body of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), supported by all three Rome-based UN agencies.

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CFS was established in 1974 as an intergovernmental body to serve as a forum for food security policy oversight and follow-up in the United Nations system, and reformed in 2009 into a multi-stakeholder committee.

Tasks and goals

The vision of the reformed CFS is to be the most comprehensive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to improve food security and nutrition for all.

Institutional structure

CFS consists of members (States and Rome-based UN agencies), participants (representatives of certain United Nations agencies, civil society of research, international financial institutions and representatives of private sector associations and foundations), as well as observers, i.e. other stakeholders.


  • The CFS plenary takes place annually in Rome in October. It is the central body 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 Member States with regional balance.
  • The Advisory Group assists the Bureau in its work. It currently consists of two major mechanisms, the civil society and the private sector mechanism. In addition, UN organizations (including FAO, WFP, IFAD), Research and World Bank are represented.
  • The CFS has a permanent secretariat that supports plenary, Bureau and the Advisory Group.
  • The High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) provides independent scientific reports that serve as a basis for policy discussions in CFS.

CFS reports to the General Assembly of the United Nations through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the FAO conference.


All three Roman UN agencies provide staff for the secretariat and finance a large part of the core budget.

In order to actually be able to work and to enable additional activities, additional voluntary contributions from the Member States are necessary.

CFS and Germany

The Federal Government attaches great importance to the World Food Committee (CFS) as a FAO committee.

The CFS can play an important role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by supporting policy convergence in the national implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The Committee provides a special opportunity as its products and recommendations are based on its inclusive nature, which is unique in the UN System.

In 2019, the World Food Committee is working on Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition to be completed in 2020.

In addition, the 46th Plenary Session from 14 to 18 October 2019 will adopt the work plan until 2023.

As of January 2019

CFS Chair

Mario Arvelo, Dominican Republic , since October 2017


Committee on World Food Security


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla

00153, Rome Italy


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