CFS Evaluation

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CFS Evaluation

The CSM Working Group is leaded by the CSM Advisory Group supported by the CSM Working Group on Global Food Governance

Background information

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) commissioned an independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the CFS reforms that were initiated in 2009.

In October 2013 at its Fortieth Session, the Committee endorsed the recommendation to conduct periodic assessments of CFS effectiveness in improving policy frameworks, especially at country level, and in promoting participation of and coherence among stakeholders on food security and nutrition. At the same session, the Committee decided that an evaluation of the progress of the reforms should be conducted including progress made towards the overall objective of the CFS and its three outcomes.

The purpose of the evaluation as set out in the Concept Note endorsed by the Bureau of the CFS is to:

  1. Produce evidence regarding whether CFS, as a multi stakeholder forum, is achieving the vision outlined in the Reform Documents and its expected outcomes;
  2. Assess the extent to which CFS is performing its roles outlined in the Reform Document, efficiently and effectively, and if so, with what impact;
  3. Review the working arrangements, including the multi-year programme of work of CFS in order to assess how the decision-making processes and planning may be impacting effectiveness;
  4. Propose forward-looking recommendations to enable CFS to respond effectively to the emerging food security and nutrition challenges, to further strengthen it comparative advantages and to enhance its leadership role in improving global food security and nutrition; and
  5. Generate learning regarding multi-stakeholder collaboration, to which the CFS represents a possible model to be replicated.

The Independent evaluation was conducted in 2016 and finalised in April 2017. From April 2017 and through the inter-sessional period of 2018 towards the CFS 45 Plenary Session, the Committee is drafting an Action Plan on the Evaluation and an Implementation Report to respond to its recommendations with the aim of improving CFS effectiveness and vibrancy.

Process 2017-2018

17 October – CFS 45 Plenary Session

CFS Evaluation – Implementation of the Response

Background documents: 

24 September 2018

CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting

18 September 2018

CFS Open meeting on CFS Evaluation

The meeting has as objective the finalisation of the pending recommendations: a) Role and composition of the CFS Advisory Group; b) Terms of Reference of the CFS Chair; c) Terms of reference of the CFS Secretariat.

Background documents:

23 July 2018

CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting

Background documents for this agenda item:

27 June 2018

Proposals on the role and composition of the CFS Advisory Group (Recommendation 4)

Proposals submitted on this item to be discussed in September 2018 for Bureau decision.

26 June 2018

CFS Open meeting on CFS Evaluation

The meeting aims at finalising the implementation report, the annexes and the draft decision Box. The ToRs for the CFS Chair and the ToRs for the CFS Secretary will be addressed through written submission. Recommendation 4 on the composition and role of the Advisory Group will be discussed in September 2018.

Background documents:

14 June 2018

CFS Open meeting on CFS Evaluation

The meeting aims at finalising the implementation report and addressing the annexes.

Background documents:

31 May 2018

Informal meeting of the Friends of the co-facilitators

14 May 2018

Informal meeting of the Friends of the co-facilitators

11 May 2018

Deadline to submit written comments on the annexes of the Implementation Report

3 May 2018

CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting

2 May 2018

Meeting on CFS Evaluation

The meeting will continue the discussion on the parts of the Implementation Report that were not yet discussed or left on hold for lacking of consensus and will also address the discussion on the annex of the Implementation Report

23 April 2018

Meeting on CFS Evaluation

Aim of the meeting was to start discussing the text of the first draft of the Implementation Report

10 April 2018

Deadline to submit written comments to the zero draft of the Implementation Report

29 March 2018

Meeting on CFS Evaluation

Meeting on the implementation phase of the CFS Evaluation. The meeting will address the following themes: a) Update on the process for the implementation; b) Presentation of the co-facilitators’ preliminary proposal for the implementation report for Plenary; c) Discussion on the revised draft proposal for CFS roles and strategic objectives for the next MYPoW (Recommendation 1); d) Discussion on MYPoW and possible process (Recommendation 2); e) Discussion on the revised proposal on an overarching monitoring framework for CFS (Monitoring – Recommendation 10).

Background Documents:

20 March 2018

Meeting on CFS Evaluation

Meeting on the implementation of Recommendation 5 (CFS Plenary), Recommendation 11 (Responsibilities for communications & activities) and Recommendation 7 (Actions by members to improve CFS)

Background documents:

19 March 2018

CFS Bureau Retreat

The Bureau retreat will discuss Recommendations 1 (strategic objectives), 2 (MYPoW) and 10 (Monitoring)

Background documents: 

CFS Evaluation Process proposal (March 2018)

10 April

 

Written inputs to: a) zero draft of the implementation Report; b) Strategic Objectives and clarification of roles; c) Proposal of the overarching monitoring framework for the CFS; d) Proposal of MYPoW process
16 April Arrival of the new draft of the Implementation Report
23 April Negotiation Draft Proposal of Implementation Report
 

2 May

Negotiation on the draft  Implementation Report and exchange on the additional elements of the annex
3 May CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting
3 May –

14 June

Possible bilateral  or Friends of the Co-facilitators meetings
14 June Meeting to finalise the single action/annexes that need Plenary decisions (Rec.1 Strategic Objectives, Rec.2 MYPoW, Rec.10 Monitoring, Rec. 6 OEWGs, Rec. 8 CFS Secretariat and Chair, Rec. 11 Communication and Outreach strategy, and maybe Rec.4 Composition and role of the Advisory Group)
23 July CFS AG and Bureau meeting will approve documents before plenary. If consensus is not found during the negotiations in May and June the annexes will be sent for negotiation to Plenary in October

13 February 2018

Written submissions on Recommendation 1(strategic objectives of the MYPoW)

5 February 2018

Meeting on the implementation of the Consultation Report on CFS Evaluation

Object of the meeting: discuss Recommendation 4 – Role and composition of the Advisory Group

Background documents:

31 January 2018

CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting

24 January 2018

Meeting on the Implementation of the CFS Evaluation

Debate on how to implement Recommendation 1 (CFS Strategic objectives) and Recommendation 2 (MYPoW).

Background documents:

19 January 2018

Meeting on the CFS Evaluation Action Plan

Finalisation of the responses to Recommendation 7 (Actions by members to improve CFS), Recommendation 10 (Developing overarching monitoring framework), Recommendation 11 (Responsibilities for communications & activities),Recommendation 12 (Disseminating & use of HLPE reports) , Recommendation 13 (Updates on HLPE work to Bureau & AG), and 14 (Review HLPE process on calling for experts)

Background documents:

27 November 2017

Meeting on the CFS Evaluation Action Plan

Responses to Recommendation 10 (Developing overarching monitoring framework), 13 (Updates on HLPE work to Bureau & AG), and 14 (Review HLPE process on calling for experts)

Background documents:

23 November 2017

Meeting on the CFS Evaluation Action Plan

Responses to Recommendation 7 (Actions by members to improve CF), 11 (Responsibilities for communications & activities), and 12 (Disseminating & use of HLPE reports)

Background documents:

Process 2017

First draft of the CFS Evaluation Report

Submission of the first draft of the CFS Evaluation Report
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Presentation of the Report

Presentation of the CFS Evaluation Report
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Deadline to send written comments

Deadline to send written comments
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Submission of the Second draft

Submission of the Second draft
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Deadline to submit written comments

Deadline to submit written comments
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Submission of the final version of the CFS Evaluation Report

Submission of the final version of the CFS Evaluation Report
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Global discussion on the CFS Evaluation Road Map

Global discussion on the CFS Evaluation Road Map
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Global discussion on the CFS Evaluation Road Map

Global discussion on the CFS Evaluation Road Map
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Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting - CFS Evaluation Follow up

CFS Evaluation Follow up
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Plan of Action of CFS Evaluation

Discussion on Recommendations 1,2,3,5 and 6
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Plan of Action of CFS Evaluation

Discussion on Recommendations 1,2,3,5 and 6
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CFS 44 Plenary Session

Adoption of an Action Plan
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 CFS 44 Plenary Session Outcomes – 13 October

CSM interventions during the Plenary on CFS Evaluation: 

Intervention of Ramona DominicioiuLa Via Campesina, Romania on behalf of the CSM Working Group on CFS Evaluation

CSM has contributed intensively to the CFS evaluation elaboration and the discussion on how to best respond to it. We congratulate Ms. Angela Bester and her team for the report, and Egypt and Iceland for their co-facilitation work for the CFS response to it during the past months.

The CFS continues to be in a critical situation. We have seen during the past years and also during this session, that there are two possible pathways for the CFS: either it goes in the direction of erosion of the CFS Reform, or in the direction of strengthening the CFS in the spirit of its Reform.

The CSM clearly stated its expectation that the evaluation and the discussion on the response to it should be guided by the spirit of the reform and make the CFS much stronger in line with its mandate and its roles.

We welcome that the Co-Facilitators concluded the first Meeting on the Response in June this year with the explicit statement that there will be no reform of the reform. The Consultation report clearly points in this direction: it aims to further strengthen the roles and functioning of the CFS in line with its mandate and vision. Keep Reading…

Intervention of Alberto BrochCOPROFAM, Brazil on behalf of the CSM Working Group on CFS Evaluation

Positions on specific topics of the Evaluation and the Consultation report:

  • We can agree with the Consultation report as presented, although we see many weaknesses in it.
  • The proposal of having a strategic MYPOW is a good compromise which takes into account the fact that the CFS is not an organization, but a platform.
  • The budget issue is not solved in our view, this remains as an urgent challenge to solve next year. We would like to reaffirm that the budget is not a financial but a political issue.
  • On other issues like Plenary, OEWGs, Chair and Secretariat, specific follow-up steps are agreed for next year.
  • The composition of the Advisory Group should reflect the principle on participation established in the CFS Reform Document, paragraph 7: “the composition will ensure that the voices of all relevant stakeholders – particularly the most affected by food insecurity – are heard”. These most affected by food insecurity are the constituencies of the CSM, according to the CFS Reform Document. Keep Reading…

Intervention of Naseegh Jaffer, WFFP, South Africa on behalf of the CSM Working Group on CFS Evaluation

Other issues of importance that should be tackled in the Follow-up to the CFS evaluation report:

  • As agreed yesterday, Gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment should be mainstreamed throughout the CFS. The discussion on the evaluation provide an appropriate space for this.
  • One topic that should be particularly discussed is the challenge for a better use, application and monitoring of CFS Policy Outcomes: How can we better use at home what was agreed in Rome? This discussion has been significantly pushed by the CSM in 2017, together with some governments.
  • How to make the CFS a truly responsive place to the global challenges of today and tomorrow? This question refers to global urgencies such as the famines and severe food crises as well as to global challenges with huge implications, such as the debate on megamergers in the agribusiness sector.
  • Last but not least: the role of the Rome-based Agencies in strengthening the CFS. Keep Reading…

CFS Plenary Session 9 – 13 October 

26 September

Open Consultation on the CFS Evaluation Plan of Action (Recommendations 8 and 4)

26 and 28 July

Global discussions on the CFS Evaluation Plan of Action (Recommendations 4,8 and 9)

20 July 

CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting

11 and 14 of July

Global discussions on the CFS Evaluation Plan of Action

7 June 

Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting on CFS Evaluation

5 June

Plan of Action of CFS Evaluation

1 June

Plan of Action of CFS Evaluation

19 May

Plan of Action of CFS Evaluation – Process agreed by the CFS Bureau on 11 May

The Bureau has nominated Jón Erlingur Jónasson (Iceland) and Khaled El Taweel (Egypt)  to be co-facilitators for the preparation of the follow-up to the CFS Evaluation. The following meetings have been planned in June: two meetings where all interested stakeholders are invited and restricted meetings on 7 June and 8 June. 

Date

Meeting

Participants

1 June PM

Global discussion

All stakeholders

5 June AM

Global discussion

All stakeholders

7 June AM

Bureau & Advisory Group meeting

Bureau & Advisory Group members, and member countries attending the retreat on 8 June

8 June

Retreat

Bureau members and alternates, and two members from every regional group

 

3 May

Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting

Background documents for discussion:

24 April

24 March

Second draft of the CFS Evaluation Report – Deadline for comments 6 of April

3 March

CSM written comments to the first Draft of the CFS Evaluation Report

17 February

Presentation of the CFS Evaluation Report to CFS members and participants. Follow-up the discussion via webstream at the following link: www.fao.org/webcast/home/en/item/4308/icode

CSM Preliminary Speaking Points delivered during the meeting

1 February 

Evaluation of the Committee of World Food Security (First Draft)

Process 2016

29 November 2016

Workshop on CFS Evaluation Preliminary Findings

October 2016

Read CSM Working Paper “CFS at a crossroads: 7 years after the Reform”  – CSM Draft Reflection paper on the Status of Health of the CFS in 2016

CFS Evaluation Guiding Questions for the Focus Group Discussion with CSM

Guidance Note on CFS Evaluation Country Visits

The CFS evaluation team will do as well country visits in the months of October and November 2016:

  • USA
  • Uganda
  • Senegal
  • Brussels
  • France
  • Philippines
  • Panama
  • Jordan
  • Trinidad and Tobago (cancelled)

August 2016

Final Inception Report

July 2016