CFS Structure

  • The Bureau

The Bureau is the executive arm of the CFS and it is composed by a chair and 12 elected members representing regional groups (Two from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Near East, and one from both North America and South-West Pacific). 

The Bureau ensures coordination among all actors and levels, advance tasks in preparation of the plenary session, carry out tasks delegated from the plenary, direct the work of the HLPE;

  • The Advisory Group

The CFS Advisory Group supports the Bureau and maintains links between participants and other stakeholders in a two-way exchange of information.

  • The Plenary Sessions

The Plenary session is held annually and is the central body for decision-taking, debate, coordination, lesson learning and convergence by all stakeholders at a global level on issues pertaining to food security and nutrition and on the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security. 

It should focus on relevant and specific issues related to food security and nutrition in order to provide guidance and actionable recommendations to assist all stakeholders in eradicating hunger.

  • The Secretariat

The CFS has a permanent Secretariat which includes staff from the three Rome-based Agencies (RBAs) FAO, IFAD and WFP. 

Its task is to support the Plenary, the Bureau, the Advisory Group, the HLPE and all the on-going processes during the inter-sessional and annual activity The Secretariat is hosted at FAO in Rome.

  • The HLPE

One of the major innovations introduced by the Reformed CFS is the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE). 

Member States decided that decisions should be informed by shared, independent and comprehensive advice.

In 2010 the HLPE was established as the scientific and knowledge based pillar of the CFS.

It ensures a well-informed policy debate and decision-making process improving quality, effectiveness and coherence of food security and nutrition policies.