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. For more information on CFS visit here.

The International Agri-Food Network is currently working on:


At its 41st session in October 2014, the CFS has requested the HLPE to prepare a study on Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition, to feed into CFS debates at the CFS Plenary session of October 2017.
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Over the past two years, the nutrition work group has helped coordinate the private sector’s input into the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) and is now examining the ‘next steps’.
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Responsible Agricultural Investment

It is estimated by FAO that agriculture needs an annual investment of $70-80 billion to meet growing demands. Good investment in agriculture is one of the best ways to achieve rural development, improve livelihoods, and ensure food security.
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The Voluntary Guidelines were endorsed by CFS at its Thirty-eight (Special) Session on 11 May 2012. They will serve as a reference and set out principles and internationally accepted standards for practices for the responsible governance of tenure.
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CFS will hold a forum to take stock of changing rural-urban dynamics as they relate to food security, to share practical experiences on addressing food security with an integrated rural-urban approach, and to identify potential next steps for the CFS on this topic. 
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Sustainable Development Goals & MYPoW

Throughout the Sustainable Development Goals process, the International Agri-Food Network has been engaged in the negotiations. As part of the Global Business Alliance, we have placed a priority on the 5 P’s:  People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership.
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