Beyond the Working Groups, the CSM also engages in policy processes that have not been initiated by the CFS. There are currently three active policy processes.

CSM’s engagement for policy responses to the food crises exacerbated by COVID-19

The most affected by the pandemic and the related food and economic crises are the very same people who had been the most at risk before. The virus opened the eyes of the whole world to the horrific structural inequalities, discrimination, exploitation, racism and sexism that already reigned before, inadequately contested by public policies, exacerbating the effects of the pandemic on the most marginalized. The CSM constituencies have presented reports, appeals and concrete proposals to make the CFS responsive to the urgent policy demands raising from the communities and territories. Click here for more information.

CSM’s engagement to challenge the UN Food Systems Summit

In October 2020, after one year of closely monitoring the preparations of the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), the CSM Coordination Committee launched an Open Call of Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ organizations to challenge the UNFSS. Since then, a broad movement from all constituencies and regions has come together to resist the corporate capture of food systems and jointly advance the alternative visions for a radical, human rights-based and agroecological transformation of food systems towards food sovereignty, gender justice, cultural diversity, climate justice, and reflecting the intersectionality and interconnectedness of communities’ struggles. Click here for more information. 

CSM’s engagement with the CFS Bureau and Advisory Group

The CFS Bureau is the Steering Body of the CFS between the Annual Plenary Sessions. It is composed by 12 Member States from all regions and the CFS Chair. The Advisory Group to the CFS Bureau comprises representatives from the different participants’ constituencies of the CFS, including the CSM, and advises the CFS on all substantive matters during the intersessional period. Click here for more information.


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