Committee on Commodity Problems

The Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP) is the FAO Governing Body that tracks agricultural commodity markets.

It deliberates key issues, debates the effects on food security, and makes policy recommendations.

About the CCP

Established in 1949, the CCP is FAO´s oldest technical committee. It consists of 110 FAO Member Nations, plus observers. The CCP normally meets once every two years, additional sessions may also be held upon Members' request.

The terms of reference of the CCP include:

  • To keep commodity problems of an international character affecting production, trade, distribution and consumption, and related economic matters under review;
  • To prepare a factual and interpretative survey of the world commodity situation, which would be made available directly to Member Nations; and
  • To report and submit suggestions to the Council on policy issues arising out of its deliberations, and to avail these reports and those of its Subsidiary Bodies to Member Nations for their information.

Subsidiary Intergovernmental Groups

The Subsidiary Intergovernmental Groups (IGGs) of the CCP were established to focus on trade issues for individual commodities. Coverage has shifted over time to reflect changing market and institutional factors affecting commodities – from distribution to new emerging issues, such as surplus disposal and price volatility. 


Any Member State of the United Nations or any of its Specialized Agencies that is not a Member of the Committee, may attend a session of the Committee as an observer. The Committee may also invite other interested organizations to participate as observers in Committee meetings, or for the discussion of specific items.