Global and Regional FSN Governance


The Right to Food Guidelines recommend States to promote good governance as an essential factor for sustained economic growth, sustainable development, poverty and hunger eradication and for the realization of all human rights including the progressive realization of the right to adequate food. A strong coordination of food security responses between the global, national and regional levels is paramount for good food security governance.

Global governance of food security refers to a mechanism that facilitates debate, convergence of views and coordination of actions to improve food security at global but also at regional and national levels. In order to make substantial and rapid progress towards global food security, coherence and convergence are fundamental elements among policies and programmes of countries, donors and other stakeholders when addressing the underlying causes of hunger and, the recognition of the human rights dimensions of food security.

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) serves as a forum in the United Nations System to review and follow-up of policies concerning global food security including production and physical and economic access to food. CFS is the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all.

While mandates, functions and services of regional organizations differ from region to region some generic functions can be identified in many regional organizations. One stream of activities is aimed at supporting national efforts, while a second stream of work is directed towards a global or continental level striving to represent regional concerns in these bodies. This intermediate position facilitates exposure to global debates and intimate knowledge of local level developments.

CFS and the global and regional governance

The Right to Food Team strengthens global food security governance and supports the CFS to be able to provide recommendations, guidance and advice in the formulation and implementation of regional and national food insecurity response measures by using the right to food as the guiding principle and basing such response measures on the Voluntary Guidelines for the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security. The Right to Food Team, through the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) supports the consultations of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on food security and nutrition which advises the Committee on World Food Security and provides the latest knowledge and abreast of emerging trends in food security.

Regional Organizations of food security governance

Regional organizations are well placed to help translate human rights standards and principles into practical policy guidance and other actions in support of the application at national and sub-national levels. They nurture global debate with salient issues and lessons learnt at local level and can be extremely helpful in contextualizing and disseminating outputs from global to local level. Regional organizations are thus considered to hold a key place in the food security governance structure.
Read more about our work in close collaboration with regional organizations across the world:


issues brief1

Food Price Volatility and the Right to Food

Right to Food
Policy Brief No. 1

issues brief2

Land Tenure, Investments and
the Right to Food

Right to Food
Policy Brief No. 2

issues brief3

Social Protection
and the Right to Food

Right to Food
Policy Brief No. 3