Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was the negotiating platform for both the VGGT and the RAI. It is also the negotiating platform for the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crisis (2015). In addition, the CFS develop policy recommendations on a broad array of issues related to food security and nutrition including: water for food security and nutrition; food loss and waste in the context of sustainable food systems; and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture for food security and nutrition (among others).

Based in Rome, the CFS was created in 1974. It is a multi-stakeholder platform composed of member state representatives, representatives of civil society and representatives of the private sector, all of whom have an interest in issues related to food security and nutrition. These groups then serve as Members (States), Participants and Observers. The Committee reports its work to the UN through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as well as to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Conference.

The CFS is designed to provide voice and opportunities to participate in important debates and negotiations to a broad set of stakeholders. It encourages a robust exchange of ideas and experiences that build on empirical evidence and scientific analysis. Working in a collaborative manner, the CFS develops and endorses policy recommendations and guidelines based on input from a High Level Panel of Experts and through technical work supported by the FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme, and the CFS Advisory Group. The CFS meets in a Plenary session each October in Rome, where its Secretariat is located.

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