The Committee for World Food Security (CFS) is the United Nations’ forum for reviewing and following up on policies concerning world food security. It also examines issues which affect the world food situation. It was established as a result of the food crisis of the 1970s, upon recommendation from the 1974 World Food Conference.
“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. It is estimated that more than a billion people, one in every six human beings, may be suffering from under-nourishment.” (FAO)
The rise in food prices in 2007-08, followed by the financial and economic crisis in 2009, has heightened awareness on poverty and hunger issues around the world. Under these pressures, the CFS was reformed in 2008 to become the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all. The CFS Advisory Group was created to hold permanent seats for civil society, the research community and the private sector. Read more (PDF, 528KB) about the creation of the CFS Advisory Group.
IAFN is currently holding one of the seats on the Advisory Group. The other seat is held by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
IAFN representative to the Advisory Group of the Committee on Food Security:
International Pulses Trade and Industries Confederation
IAFN is responsible for coordinating the consultation to the wider private sector and is seeking contributions from business and industry. If you would like to participate in the consultation process, please contact the International Agri-Food Network via our secretariat service: robynne AT emergingag DOT com.
Annual meetings: International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) & the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM)
May 12-13 2015 | Rome, Italy
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Open Ended Working Group: Agenda for Action for Addressing Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises
May 18-22 2015 | Rome, Italy
June 6-12 2015 | Rome, Italy
High Level Forum: Connecting Smallholders to Markets
June 25, 2015 | Rome, Italy
CFS42: Plenary of the UN Committee on World Food Security
October 12-17 2015 | Rome, Italy
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Latest Position Papers
RAI Statement by the Private Sector, October 2014 (PDF 329KB)
Land Tenure (PDF 118KB)
Responsible Agricultural Investment Private Sector Statements April 2014 (PDF 119KB)
Role and Composition of the CFS Advisory Group (PDF 95KB)
Responsible Agricultural Investment Principles Regional Consultations 2013-4 (PDF 186KB)
The Agenda for Action in Protracted Crises (PDF 18KB)
Nutrition (PDF 197KB)
Knowledge Skills and Talent Development in the Agri-Food Sector (PDF 188KB)
Smallholder-Sensitive Investment (PDF 73KB)
IAFN Position on RAI (PDF 107KB)
Statement by PSM on Post 2015 Goals (PDF 71KB)
Private Sector Views on Issues Before the UN Committee on World Food Security 2012 (PDF 883KB)
Statement by the Private Sector Network On the Occasion of the Special Session of the CFS, May 11, 2012, Approval of the Land Tenure Guidelines (PDF 114KB)
If you want to be part of the private sector consultations on the work of the Committee on Food Security, just send us your details: name, association/company, address, phone and e-mail to email@example.com
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Key Committee on Food Security (CFS) documents will be circulated. Feel free to send in your thoughts. Draft private sector positions will be prepared based on comments received and technical review. Draft positions will then be circulated to the list serve members for comment/approval.
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