The Reformed Committee on World Food Security (CFS)
The 2007-08 food crisis marked a remarkable shift in defining the standards of global food and agriculture governance. In particular, it was one of the motivators that lead to the reform of the Committee on World Food Security, which had been originally established in the 1970s upon recommendations from the 1974 World Food Conference to review and follow-up with policies concerning world food security.
In 2009, during the 35th session of the CFS, member governments agreed on a wide-ranging reform in the effort to making the renewed CFS the "foremost inclusive international, intergovernmental platform dealing with food security and nutrition". The pinnacle of the reform, was the inclusion and recognition of other stakeholders (including civil society, private sector and foundations and research institutions) as full participants within the intersessional and annual activities of the CFS.
The reform document was the result of 8 months of negotiations between the CFS Bureau and an interim Contact Group, that also included civil society representatives. It was the full and active participation in CSOs throughout the entire process that ensured that their right to self organise in future interactions with the CFS was officially recognized in the CFS reform document.
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