The EU and the CFS
The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was set up in 1974 as a separate technical committee within FAO. It was rather marginal and invisible until a major reform in 2009 reinvigorated the Committee. This Reform made the CFS:
- a Committee supported by all three Rome-Based Agencies (FAO, IFAD and WFP);
- more science-based in its deliberations and recommendations through the creation of a High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE), composed of eminent academics;
- an inclusive body with the full involvement (except for voting rights) of civil society and private sector; and
- more efficient, through the creation of a professional full-time secretariat to support the work of the CFS.
The CFS is nowadays the most inclusive global multi-stakeholder platform to promote coordination, policy convergence and support/advice to countries and regions on food security and nutrition.
The CFS meets one week per year in plenary format (in October) and in-between sessions through a series of events and Open-Ended Working Groups. The Committee reports annually to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and to the FAO.