The Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) is an open platform for providing a permanent seat for for-profit enterprises, and their associations, right across the value chain at the UN Committee on Food Security. From farmers to input providers, cooperatives, processors, small-medium enterprises, food companies, and more, we welcome all those involved in addressing agriculture and food security.

As we look ahead to 2019, the CFS work programme will deal with important issues such as nutrition; rural transformation and urbanization, for which CFS is hosting the second intersessional events in January; the Sustainable Development Goals; and youth engagement. 

As every year, the PSM will conduct quarterly calls in March, September and December, for which members will receive invitations. In addition, we invite you to attend two key meetings in 2019:

  • Annual General Meeting (AGM) – June 25, Rome, Italy
  • UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) – October 14-18, Rome, Italy

We would be delighted to have robust support and engagement of businesses at the CFS. The mechanism is dependent on donations for continuing operations. We welcome funding from members of the Private Sector Mechanism on a voluntary basis.

If you want to be part of the private sector consultations on the work of the Committee on World Food Security, just send us your details: name, association/company, address, phone and e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. IAFN and PSM members may make voluntary contributions to support PSM activities. The following membership levels and services are proposed to all PSM members.

Updated membership information for 2020 is available here:

pdf PSM Membership and Sponsorship 2020 (201 KB)

PSM Membership

Supporting Members – €12,000

  • Committee engagement and special briefings
  • 4 meetings per year (AGM in person and three teleconference calls)
  • Monthly newsletters
  • Ongoing analytical support and tracking on CFS issues
  • Access to special events
  • High-Level Dinner tickets (up to 6 people from your organization)
  • Participation in Governing Council of PSM
  • Attendance at bilateral meetings with country missions
  • Input into reviews and approval of strategic priorities, work plan and proposed budget, resolution of challenges

Contributors – €2,500

  • Committee engagement and special briefings
  • 4 meetings per year (AGM and three teleconference calls)
  • Monthly newsletters
  • Attendance at bilateral meetings with country missions organized for supporting members
  • High Level Dinner participants (up to 2 people from your organization)

Non-Paying Members

  • Committee engagement
  • AGM meeting - 1 meeting per year
  • Monthly newsletters
  • Participation in the PSM delegation at plenary or other CFS events
    NOTE: Participation at the High-Level Dinner is not included


  • High Level Dinner (€42,000)
  • Reception during Annual General Meeting (€5,000)
  • Reception to launch the CFS delegation (€2,500)
  • Coffee breaks in the PSM delegation room (€2,500)
  • Special youth reception (€3,500)
  • Sponsorship of travel for farmers, SMEs and youth in agriculture (flexible)

IAFN Membership

  • Non-OECD national and regional organizations where no international organizations exist - €300 a year
  • OECD national organizations where no regional or international organizations exist - €1000 a year 
  • International associations - €7500 a year

Note that members of the International Agri-Food Network support PSM operations through their annual membership dues.

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