Working Group on Multi-year Programme of Work (MYPoW)


Leaded by the CSM Advisory Group 

Chair of the CFS OEWG on MYPoW 2016-2017: Dr Md Mafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)

The MYPoW gives direction on which topics should be addressed by the Committee, the activities to be undertaken and the expected outcomes. It also requests the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to provide scientific and knowledge-based reports on specific issues from the food security and nutrition perspective. It also considers the financial implications of the proposed work.

Multi-Year Programme of Work 2017-2018

Multi-Year Programme of Work 2016-2017

Process 2018-2019

December 2018 – Deadline for submissions 4 January 2019

Preparation process to submit MYPoW preliminary proposals for CFS members and participants

Background Documents:



Process 2017-2018


18 October – CFS 45th Plenary Session

CSM Plenary Statement on MYPoW 2020-2023  – 18 October 2018

Ahmed Mansour – Habitat International Coalition, HIC (Egypt)

The CFS implementation plan has agreed that “all activities in the MYPoW are designed, planned and implemented to promote: resilience of livelihoods; attention to the people most affected by food insecurity and malnutrition; a multi-sectoral inclusive and participatory approach; evidence-based decision-making; environmental, economic and social sustainability; gender equality, women’s and girls’ rights and women’s empowerment in the context of food security and nutrition.” Continue reading!

Critical and Emerging Issues in Food Security and Nutrition – Towards a Strategic MYPoW 2020 ‐2023

24 September 2018

CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting

Background document for this agenda item:

29 August 2018

Deadline to submit written comments to the proposal submitted by the CFS Secretariat on 23rd July 2018

23 July 2018

CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting

Background document for this agenda item:

The upcoming MYPoW process and structure is currently being discussed within

the framework of the CFS response to its Evaluation and will be endorsed by

the CFS 45th Plenary Session in October 2018

Process 2016-2017

Deadline for submission of MYPoW Proposals

Deadline for submission of MYPoW Proposals 2018-2019
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CFS Ranking Exercise

From 09/11/2016 to 21/12/2016
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Chair's Proposal

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CFS 44 Plenary Session

Adoption of the MYPoW
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CFS 44 Plenary Session Outcomes – 13 October 2017

Intervention of Thierry Kesteloot, Oxfam Solidarité, Belgium on behalf of the CSM MYPoW Working Group 

We welcome the decision to request an HLPE report on Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition. Agroecology comes with a holistic social, economic, and political dimension that respects the natural balance and guarantees the food sovereignty of the peoples, while allowing the recreation of biodiversity of native seeds, animal and plant species, soil microorganisms and pollinators, in a coevolution with the people in a dynamic management of territories. The agro-ecological transition provides an essential solution in achieving the strategy of the Decade of Nutrition and the Sustainable Development Agenda, in relation to food security, nutrition, sustainable food systems, water management, responsible consumption and production, climate change, sustainability of the oceans, and terrestrial ecosystems, to mention but a few.

The elaboration process of the MYPOW 2018/19 was not easy. We would like to underline the following elements in order to strengthen the MYPOW process. Keep Reading…

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CFS Plenary Session –  9/13 October 2017

19 July 2017

CFS Meeting of the OEWG on MYPoW

The meeting aims at finalising the MYPoW Chair’s Proposal for the next biennium 2018-2019 and related decision box.

 19 June 2017

CFS Meeting of the OEWG on MYPoW

The OEWG will discuss the revised Chair proposal with the rationale, objectives, expected outcomes and process of the different workstreams currently on the table, including the revised proposal for the HLPE 2019 theme and scope. The second document that the OEWG will address presents the CFS 44 Draft Decision concerning the MYPoW that, following the MYPoW meeting, will be presented at the Bureau and Advisory Group meeting in July. It is also submitted to the OEWG the budget estimate for the next biennium.

Background documents: 

5 June 2017

Friends of the Chair Meeting on the HLPE theme for 2019

Letter from the Chair of the MYPoW OEWG

Dear OEWG members,

First, I would like to thank  you for the useful inputs and suggestions provided concerning the scope and content of the HLPE 2019 report. They can be found on the MYPoW-dedicated page on the CFS Working Space.

The attached revised proposal is intended to incorporate them, in line with the progress made at the informal discussion we had on 18 May. As already communicated, another informal discussion will take place on Monday 5 June from 12.30 to 13.30 in the Red Room  to discuss the revised proposal and, ideally, finalise it. This will be then included in the background document that will be presented for discussion at the MYPoW OEWG meeting on 19 June. With regards to the content of the revised proposal, I would like to flag the following elements.

The rationale intends to reflect the need expressed in several contributions to focus our attention on the potential impact of agroecological and other innovative approaches to sustainable food systems that contribute to food security and nutrition. In the first section of the proposal, a reference to the increasing pressure on resources and its impact on hunger, poverty and malnutrition is included.

In the following section the centrality of agroecology is maintained but with the clear recognition that there is no single approach to achieve sustainable food systems. For this reason, CFS needs to be informed about the different options available for diverse circumstances and on possible synergies among different approaches.

The inputs submitted by the OEWG were also very useful to define the main elements to be addressed in the report:

In line with the request made by various members to consider the content of the second HLPE note on Critical and Emerging Issues for FSN, the proposal makes reference to the need to analyze the impact of these approaches in terms of resource efficiency, resilience, social equity and responsibility and the types of markets and regulations that are required for their development. All these aspects are present both in topics 2.5 on agroecology and 2.8 on technologies and knowledge. The attached proposal also requests to address the controversies and uncertainties in science and practices which is an element already included in topic 2.5 on agroecology.

The requests to analyze the potential of these approaches to deliver at scale and their impact to global food security and nutrition and to provide examples of context-specific solutions and possible barriers for their adoption were also accommodated in the section defining the area of focus.

Concerning the title, in order to better align it to the content of the proposal, rather than technologies, innovations might better represent the suggested scope of the report. Technologies would definitively be part of the wider perspective represented by the reference to innovations. In case there is a strong case in support to keep innovative technologies in the title, I feel we need to receive concrete suggestions on the specific aspects to be addressed in the report, in line with the main area of focus. In addition, the slightly revised suggested title reflects the centrality of food security and nutrition as the main objective of the Committee.

Together with the CFS Secretariat, we have done our best to accommodate your inputs. I sincerely hope that this proposal is in line with your expectations and that this could be finalized at our informal discussion on 5 June.

Best regards,

Dr Md Mafizur Rahman


24 May 2017

Friends of the Chair Meeting on the HLPE theme for 2019

18 May 2017

Friends of the Chair Meeting on the HLPE theme for 2019 (as no consensus was reached on the proposed and first ranked topic submitted by the CSM and supported by the majority of CFS members “Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition due to the strong opposition of Canada and the USA that defined the theme as a “red line”)

2 May 2017 


The first two agenda items refer to the preparation of the CFS programme of work for the biennium 2018-2019. At the meeting, consensus is expected to be reached on the activities for the next MYPoW, including rationale, objectives, expected outcomes and process of each workstream. OEWG members are once again strongly encouraged to consult informally in advance of the meeting among interested stakeholders to clarify the objectives and outcomes of preferred proposals.

The third item is about the proposal to implement a longer-term MYPoW. Following the initial discussions held at the February OEWG meeting and the recommendations of the CFS evaluation, OEWG members will be invited to further analyze this matter. The MYPoW OEWG is expected to submit a response on this to CFS 44 next October.

At the end of the meeting, the MYPoW OEWG Chair will provide an overview of the conclusions and decisions taken and present the following steps of the MYPoW process.

Background documents:

29 March 2017

MYPoW – Chair’s Proposal

6 February 2017

CFS OEWG Meeting

The first background document is intended to guide the discussion on the preparation of the CFS MYPoW for the biennium 2018-2019. It presents the suggested themes and activities together with the results of the ranking exercise and an analysis of current activities and budgetary implications to be considered in the development of the next programme of work. The second document draws on the outcomes of the work of the SDGs OEWG which were presented at CFS 43, and in particular on the suggestion to consider the development of a longer-term MYPoW. The document is intended to present a number of initial considerations and potential implications of this option.

December 2016

9 November – 12 December 2016

CFS Ranking Exercise

7 November 2016

CSM Proposals for the 2018-2019 CFS MYPoW 

Process 2015-2016

October 2016

Outcomes of the 3rd OEWG Meeting – 12 September

3rd OEWG Meeting – 12 September

CFS Bureau and Advisory Group Meeting – 8 July 2016

CSM Written Submission on the Chair Proposal – 1 July 2016

2nd OEWG Meeting – 20 June 2016

OEWG Outcomes

CSM Proposals for the HLPE Reports of the biennium 2018-2019 – 15 April 2016

1st OEWG Meeting – 18 March 2016

CFS Documents

 Timeline of the Process:

  • 1st OEWG Meeting – 18 March 2016
  • Submission of proposals on HLPE Reports for biennium 2018-2019 – 15 April
  • 2nd OEWG Meeting – 20 June 2016