Committee on World Food Security

Agenda for Action for addressing food insecurity in protracted crises


The negotiation of the Agenda for Action for Addressing Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises (CFS-A4A) is scheduled for 29 July to 1 August. The First Draft will serve as the basis for negotiation.

First draft

The First Draft of the CFS-A4A has been has been developed as a result of feedback received during the consultative process on what should be added, changed and improved based on initial outlines and the Zero Draft. The Co-Chairs’ Summary from each Open-ended Working Group, the global consultation, and the collection of contributions received through the global e-consultation are available below.

The First Draft will serve as the basis for negotiation, scheduled for 29 July to 1 August 2014.  An online resource package provides reference material to accompany the First Draft.


Since July 2013 the CFS Secretariat has coordinated an inclusive consultative process to elaborate the CFS-A4A, including Open-ended Working Groups, a global consultation and a global e-consultation.

Timeline 2014

Nov 2013 – Feb 2014 CFS-A4A Technical Support Team (TST) and CFS Secretariat finalize Zero Draft, based on feedback and written submissions received from Open Ended Working Group (OEWG), 31 October 2013.

March 5-6 The third OEWG discusses and reviews the Zero Draft

April 24-25 Global Consultation on the Zero Draft in Addis Ababa

Jul 29-Aug 1 Final OEWG negotiates Draft One of CFS-A4A.

Oct 2014 CFS 41 Plenary considers Draft One for endorsement.

CFS 39, 2012

The CFS approved a consultative process including all relevant stakeholders to elaborate an Agenda for Action for Addressing Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises, building as appropriate on the elements provided in CFS 2012/39/7, which include:

  • the critical role of country ownership and accountability for response strategies;
  • the supporting role played by regional bodies in integrating food security into development and governance reform plansthe contribution of local social institutions, civil society and the private sector in addressing underlying causes;
  • the role of governance, fragility and peace-building processes and approaches;
  • the contribution of food security in addressing state fragility and conflict resolution;
  • the need for more flexible, responsive and stable funding mechanisms and investment vehicles;
  • the opportunities presented by resilience-building programming and approaches to develop integrated strategies addressing both short-term food security needs and longer-term structural causes;
  • prioritization of actions based on results-based approaches and realistic objectives to increase stakeholder accountability.