CFS Key Roles and Actors

Six roles for the CFS

  • Increase coordination at the global level to strengthen action among governments, regional organizations/agencies, CSOs, private sector and other stakeholders;
  • Promote policy convergence and coordination through developing international strategies and voluntary guidelines on food security and nutrition policies, based on lessons learned from local experiences and input from national and regional levels;
  • Provide support and advice on regional and country-led plans to eliminate hunger, based on applying right to food approaches that are founded on the principles of participation, transparency and accountability;
  • Coordinate at national and regional levels through building and strengthening national and regional mechanisms and networks working on food security and nutrition issues;
  • Promote accountability and share best practices through developing innovative monitoring mechanisms and common indicators to help countries monitor and report quantitatively on their progress on tackling hunger;
  • Develop a global strategic framework for food security and nutrition in order to improve coordination and guide synchronized action by a wide range of stakeholders.

Key actors of the CFS

1. Members: CFS members are the governments. The current 130 members have the right:

  • To intervene in Plenary and breakout discussions
  • Approve meeting documents and agendas
  • Submit and present documents and formal proposals
  • Have exclusive voting and decision taking rights, including drafting the final report of CFS Plenary sessions.

2. Participants: representatives of the UN Agencies (FAO, IFAD, WFP, WHO), Civil society Organisations (CSM), International Agricultural research bodies, International and regional financial institutions (WB, IMF, WTO), Representatives from the private sector (PSM), associations and private philanthropic foundations. Participants have the right:

  • To intervene in Plenary and breakout discussions
  • Contribute to preparation of meeting documents and agendas
  • Submit and present documents and formal proposals
  • Contribute regularly to intersessional activities of the Committee through the Advisory Group and Open-Ended Working Groups established by the Bureau

3. Observers: interested organizations invited to observe by the CFS or the Bureau (local authorities or regional associations)