Committee on World Food Security

Making a difference in food security and nutrition

Bureau and Advisory Group

The Bureau is the executive arm of the Committee on World Food Security. It is made up of a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and twelve member countries: two each from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Near East and Latin America and one each from North America and South West Pacific. The process for the election of Bureau members can be found in the CFS Rules of Procedure.

The CFS Chair for the current biennium is H.E. Ambassador Nosipho Jezile (South Africa) and the CFS Vice-Chair is Ms. Jenny Reid (New Zealand).

CFS Bureau 2023-2025


H.E. Ambassador Nosipho Nausca-Jean Jezile currently serves as the Chairperson of the Committee on World Food Security for the Biennium 2023-2025. She is also the Ambassador in Rome, Italy, and Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to the United Nations Agencies in Rome. Additionally, she serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Programme Committee of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and, in 2023, she was the Chairperson of the Africa Regional Group.



Current Bureau Members are:

  • Argentina*'¹
  • Australia* 
  • Brazil*'¹
  • Burundi
  • Canada*
  • China
  • Cuba*
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo*
  • Dominican Republic*'¹
  • Egypt
  • France
  • India
  • Indonesia* 
  • Kuwait
  • Mali*
  • Morocco*
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norway* 
  • Romania* 
  • Sudan* 
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand* 
  • United States of America

* Alternates
1 Argentina, Brazil and Dominican Republic will swap during the second year of the biennium

Advisory Group

The Advisory Group helps the Bureau advance the Committee’s objectives in particular to ensure linkages with different stakeholders at regional, sub-regional and local levels and to ensure an ongoing, two-way exchange of information.

The Advisory group is made up of representatives from the 5 different categories of CFS Participants. These are:

  1. UN agencies and other UN bodies;
  2. Civil society and non-governmental organizations particularly organizations representing smallholder family farmers, fisherfolks, herders, landless, urban poor, agricultural and food workers, women, youth, consumers and indigenous people;
  3. International agricultural research institutions;
  4. International and regional financial institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, regional development banks and the World Trade Organization;
  5. Private sector associations and philanthropic foundations.

UN Bodies:


CFS Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples Mechanism (CSIPM) represented by:

International Agricultural Research Bodies:

International Financial and Trade Institutions:

Private Sector/Philanthropic Foundations: