Committee on World Food Security

About CFS

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was established in 1974 as an intergovernmental body to serve as a forum in the United Nations System for review and follow-up of policies concerning world food security including production and physical and economic access to food. 

Reform of the CFS

During 2009 the CFS underwent reform to make it more effective by including a wider group of stakeholders and increasing its ability to promote polices that reduce food insecurity.

The vision of the reformed CFS is to be the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all.  It will work in a coordinated manner in support of country led processes that lead to food security.  Using a phased approach CFS  will:

  • Coordinate a global approach to food security
  • Promote policy convergence
  • Support and advise countries and regions
  • Coordinate at national and regional levels
  • Promote accountability and share best practices
  • Develop a global strategic framework for food security and nutrition

The CFS Framework

The framework of the reformed CFS broadens participation and aims to:

  • Give a voice to all stakeholders in the world food system
  • Be inclusive and encourage an exchange of views and experiences
  • Build on empirical evidence and scientific analysis
  • Monitor the effectiveness of actions towards reducing hunger