Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was established in 1974 as an intergovernmental body to strengthen world food security and improve nutrition for all. Its tasks include promoting convergence and following up on political measures regarding food security policies and nutrition as well as developing a global strategic framework.

In 2009 the Committee went through a comprehensive reform process with the goal of increasing its efficiency by including a wider group of stakeholders, including civil society, private sector, research and other UN-organisations, amongst others, which is unique in the UN system and of increasing its ability to promote policies that reduce food insecurity. The reformed CFS is the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together in a coordinated way to ensure food security and nutrition for all. The CFS is made up of the following units: the CFS Bureau and Advisory Group, the Plenary, the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) and a secretariat. 

As an active CFS member, Switzerland has been a member of the CFS Bureau, the executive body, since October 2011. Within this framework, Switzerland contributes to the funding of specific work streams and the HLPE. This group of experts provides the CFS with detailed analyses and recommendations regarding political measures with regard to nutrition and food security. Switzerland has led the elaboration of principles for responsible investment in the agricultural sector (Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food System, RAI). The RAI principles should promote investments in agriculture and food systems, and provides a framework for these investments to contribute to the improvement of food security, nutrition and the living conditions of local populations, while preserving the environment.

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Last modification 15.08.2018

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