CFS Evaluation

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.


Process 2017

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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. 




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


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:

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



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