Committee on Food Security

The following key areas are the subject of work at CFS and private sector input includes:

Climate ChangeClimate ChangeClimate Change
Global Strategic FrameworkLand Tenure
Responsible Investment in AgSmallholder Investing
Talent DevelopmentTalent Development
CFS 2013 Private Sector Engagement
CFS 2012 Private Sector Engagement
CFS 2011 Private Sector Engagement

Committee on Food Security Meeting

October 13-18, 2014 | Rome, Italy

Register for CFS 2014

Call for Private Sector Delegates
We are looking for high level representatives of the private sector who can participate in the Committee on World Food Security meeting.

Submit nominations to by September 1, 2014.

Request to Hold a Side Event

  • CFS side events are listed in the official CFS Side Events Calendar and posted on the CFS website in English.
  • CFS side events should relate to the mandate of CFS.
  • Priority will be given to Side Events that are co-organized by more than one of the CFS constituencies.
  • Side events should not be in parallel with CFS sessions, the CFS Secretariat will assign time slots and meeting rooms.
  • Interpretation and room reservations are paid for by the organizer of the side event but organized through the CFS and and PSM Secretariats.
  • The deadline for nominations for side-events to be submitted to PSM secretariat is May 1 2014.
  • The PSM chair will make the final decisions on side-events if too many nominations are received.
  • The deadline for requests for Side Events (regardless of interpretation requirements) to be submitted to CFS Secretariat is May 1 2014.
  • In the event that the above criteria are met, the final decision will be made by the CFS Chair in conjunction with the Secretariat.

Download the request form: PDF, 449 KB | Microsoft Word, 15 KB


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:
Katia Sambin
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.

For more information on CFS visit www.fao.org/cfs
For more information on on the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition visit http://km.fao.org/fsn

Key Meetings

Annual General Meeting
May 15-17, 2014
Register for the Annual General Meeting 2014

Committee on Food Security
October 13-18, 2014 | Rome, Italy
Register for CFS 2014

UN Global Compact meeting on the Principles for Sustainable Soil Management
March 14 2014 | Bonn, Germany

FAO Africa Regional Conference
March 24-28 | Tunisia

FAO Europe and Central Asia Regional Conference
April 1-4 | Bucharest, Romania

CFS Open Ended Working Group on RAI
April 29 2014 | Rome, Italy

FAO Latin America and Caribbean Regional Conference
May 6-9 2014 | Santiago, Chile

VG GT 2 Years On - Where we are and where we're going
May 14 2014 | Rome, Italy

CFS final negotiations on RAI
May 19-23, 2014 | Rome, Italy

FAO & WHO 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)
November 19-21 2014 | Rome, Italy

Interested?

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 robynne@emergingag.com

Take A Stand

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.

Showcase your Role

Indicate if you want to participate at key events such as the CFS plenary, side events, and regional meetings.