The CSM members of the CFS Advisory Group (AG) are elected by and within the CSM Coordination Committee every two years during the Annual Coordination Committee meeting and endorsed in the annual CSM Forum prior to the CFS Plenary. The CSM Advisory Group members perform two main important tasks:

  • advise the CFS Bureau on its policy decision-making processes by consolidating, facilitating communication and sharing the common positions of civil society organisations on CFS policy issues. By doing so, they help the CFS Bureau advancing the Committee’s objective and policy processes during the CFS intersessional period that goes from one Plenary to another;
  • inform and report back to the CSM Coordination Committee and CSM Policy Working Groups about CFS policy debates, outcomes and decisions taken by the CFS Bureau.

CSM AG members commit to undertake their role objectively on behalf of all civil society organizations, constituencies and sub-regions following CSM’s key principles of facilitation.

Their two-year mandate can be renovated only once for two more years. When the Coordination Committee elects the AG, at least 75% of the members should be from social movements and priority should be given to constituencies representing small food producers. Although only four CSM AG members can participate in each CFS Bureau and Advisory Group meeting, the CSM Coordination Committee can decide to elect more than four members to share the responsibility and rotate participation in the meetings.

In addition to the roles and responsibilities described above, the CSM AG members play roles related to the internal functioning of the CSM, as described in the Terms of Reference of the group.


CSM Advisory Group


  • Azra Sayeed – International Women’s Alliance (IWA), Pakistan
  • Elmira Mambetova – IUF, Kyrgyzstan
  • Mosa F. Sowe – ROPPA, Gambia
  • Ruth Gaha-Morris, AFSA, Australia
  • Alberto Broch – COPROFAM, Brazil
  • Emeline Siale Ilolahia, PIANGO, Fiji
  • Saul Vicente Vázquez – International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), Mexico
  • Nettie Wiebe – La Via Campesina, Canada
  • Christiana Louwa – World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), Kenya
  • Ramona Dominicioiu – La Via Campesina, Romania
  • André Luzzi – Housing and Land Rights Network (HIC), Brazil
  • Khalid Khawaldeh – World Alliance of Mobile and Indigenous Pastoralists (WAMIP), Jordan

CFS Advisory and Bureau meetings in 2021


28 June 2021 | 08:30 – 10:30

20 May 2021 | 14:00 – 17:00

06 Apr 2021 | 09:30 – 12:30

04 Mar 2021 | 09:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 15:30

11 Jan 2021 | 14:00 – 17:00

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Updates and Events

CSM Contributions to the CFS Joint Meetings of the Advisory Group and Bureau 2020-2021   4 March 2021 CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting This meeting will address the following topics: a) feedback and assessment on the past CFS 47th Plenary Session; b) draft agenda of the next extraordinary CFS Plenary Session of 4th June 2021; c) CFS contribution to the HLPF; d) the monitoring process fo...
Preliminary CSM messages to the Extraordinary Meeting of the CFS Bureau and Advisory Group (31 March 2020)  “No volveremos a la normalidad porque la normalidad era el problema” Standing up to the crisis The CFS was reformed in 2009 to strengthen the coordinated global policy response capacity on food security and nutrition which was found wanting during the food price crisis in 2007/2008. It ...
CFS Sustainable Funding CFS Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting - 31 January 2018 Budget Update 2018/2019 CSM Contribution on this item CFS Bureau Outcomes CFS Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting - 3 May 2017 Background documents for information and discussion and outcomes: Budget update 2016-2017 CFS Integrated core budget Voluntary Scale of contributions Outline of a resource mobilisation strategy...
Please find here the Agenda and all background documents of the next CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting that will take place on the 8th of July:   Agenda GSF OEWG Workplan Second draft of the Background Document on Urbanization, Rural transformation and implications for Food Security and Nutrition: Key areas for policy attention and possible roles for CFS Summary of the 2nd Technical Works...
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