The Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSM) for relations with the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is the largest international space of civil society organisations (CSOs) working to eradicate food insecurity and malnutrition.

The CSM was founded in 2010, as an essential and autonomous part of the reformed CFS. The purpose of the CSM is to facilitate civil society participation and articulation into the policy processes of the CFS.

The CSM is an open and inclusive space and hence does not have formal members, but participating organizations. Every organization that belongs to civil society and works on food security and nutrition can join and participate. During the past years, several hundred national, regional or global organizations have participated in the CSM.

All participating organizations in the CSM belong to one of the following 11 constituencies: smallholder farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolks, indigenous peoples, agricultural and food workers, landless, women, youth, consumers, urban food insecure and NGOs.

The CSM…

  • …gives priority to the organizations and movements of the people most affected by food insecurity and malnutrition, recognizing that they are the organizations of the rights-holders that are the subjects of their own development and also the most important contributors to food security and nutrition worldwide.
  • …respects pluralism, autonomy, diversity and self-organisation and tries to ensure a balance of constituencies, gender, and regions.
  • …as a space does not represent the organizations that participate in it. They represent themselves and articulate positions together with others in the CSM. The participating organizations, particularly those who organize small-scale food producers and consumers, have more than 300 millions affiliated members from all continents.

The CSM in the reformed CFS

CSM Structure

Constituencies: the global and sub-regional units

The CSM is based on 11 constituencies: Smallholders Farmers, Pastoralists/Herders, Fisherfolks, Indigenous Peoples, Consumers, Urban Food Insecure, Agricultural and Food Workers, Women, Youth, Landless, NGOs.

Participation of civil society organizations is articulated through global and sub-regional units. The global units (constituencies) bring together the global and continental organizations and networks of each sector, while the sub-regional units bring together civil society organizations that have work on food security in the specific sub-region, from all constituencies. This articulation aims to ensure inclusiveness and active involvement of all national, regional and global levels.

The CSM 17 sub-regions are the following: North America, Central America and Caribbean, Andean Region, Southern Cone, West Europe, East Europe, North Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, West Africa, South Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, West Asia, Australasia and Pacific.

The Coordination Committee

The Coordination Committee (CC) is the governing body of the CSM; this means that all relevant political decisions within the CSM, on internal and external issues, are taken by the CC by consensus, if possible, and by vote if a consensus is not possible, reporting the divergent view. The Members of the CSM Coordination Committee are elected by the 11 constituencies and 17 sub-regions (5 sub-regions in Africa, 4 sub-regions in the Americas, 6 sub-regions in Asia and 2 sub-regions in Europe). Gender and geographic balance within its composition is always ensured.

  • The CC consists of 29 members (as of November 2021) from the 11 constituencies and 17 sub-regions.
  • The role of CC members is to facilitate the work of CSOs within their constituencies and sub-regional groups.
  • The CC is responsible for ensuring that the functions of the CSM are carried out effectively as possible and according to the organizing principles. Ensuring a two-way communication process.
  • The CC perform this role by sharing information, facilitating dialogue and consultations, supporting analysis and advocacy at national and regional level.

The Coordination Committee for the period October 2021 – October 2023

Smallholders and family farmers
  • Paula Gioia
  • Saima Zia
  • Bertha Picha
  • Irish Baguilat
  • LVC
  • LVC
  • AFA
  • Germany
  • Pakistan
  • Bolivia
  • Philippines
  • Fernando López Rodriguez  (COPROFAM) | Uruguay
  • Elizabeth Kibuywa (FIMARC) | Kenya
Pastoralists and herders
  • Verdiana Morandi
  • Khaled Khawaldeh
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Josana Pinto
  • Delayed
  • WFFP
  • Brazil
Indigenous Peoples
  • Anders Oskal
  • Migdalia "Tai Pelli" Pellicier
  • Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH)
  • IITC
  • Pan-Artic Region (Norway)
  • Borikén (Puerto Rico)
  • Qiana Mickie
  • Isabel Muñoz
  • Urgenci
  • Consumers International
  • United States
  • Ecuador
Agricultural and Food Workers
  • Ivan Monckton
  • Delayed
  • IUF
  • United Kingdom
Urban Food Insecure
  • Hala Barakat
  • André Luzzi
  • HIC
  • HIC
  • Egypt
  • Brazil
  • Delayed
  • Delayed
  • Tyler Short
  • Sefu Sanni
  • LVC
  • WMW
  • United States
  • Kenya
  • Carson Kiburo (IITC) | Kenya
  • Krishnakar Kummari (MIJARC) | India
  • María Isabel Carrillo Soc
  • Delayed
  • LVC
  • Guatemala
  • Magdalena Ackermann
  • SID
  • Italy/Argentina
North America
  • Patti Naylor
  • National Family Farm Coalition
  • United States
Central America and Caribbean
  • Taina Hedman
  • IITC
  • Panama
  • “Mani” Jorge Stanley Icaza (IITC | Panama)
Andean Region
  • Miriency Gonzalez
  • Colombia
Southern Cone
  • Perla Álvarez Brítez
  • Paraguay
West Europe
  • Deirdre "Dee" Woods
  • Landworkers Alliance
  • United Kingdom
East Europe
  • Delayed
North Africa
  • Abdellah El Blihi
  • National Confederation for traditional Fishing in Morocco| Arab Network for Food Sovereignty
  • Morocco
Central Africa
  • Séraphin Ntadi
  • CNOP-Congo | PROPAC
  • Republic of the Congo
East Africa
  • Delayed
Southern Africa
  • Delayed
West Africa
  • Delayed
South Asia
  • Delayed
South East Asia
  • Chanra Keo
  • Solidarity House Federation
  • Cambodia
Central Asia
  • Delayed
West Asia
  • Mariam Mohammad
  • Coalition of Lebanese Civil Society | Arab Network for Food Sovereignty
  • Lebanon
  • Ruth Gaha-Morris
  • AFSA
  • Australia
  • Georgina Mulcahy (AFSA) | Australia
  • Delayed

LVC: La Via Campesina

COPROFAM: Confederación de Organizaciones de Productores Familiares del Mercosur

AFA: Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development

FIMARC: International Federation of Rural Adults Catholic Movements

ARWC: Asian Rural Women Coalition

WAMIP: World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples

WFFP: World Forum of Fisher Peoples

WFF: World Forum of Fish Harversters and Fish Workers

IITC: International Indian Treaty Council

IPACC: The Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee

IUF: International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Association

HIC: Habitat International Coalition

APC: Asian Peasant Coalition

LRC: Land Research Center

IFSN: International Food Security Network

MAELA: Movimineto Agroecológico de America Latina y el Caribe

FENACOPEC: Federación Nacional de Cooperativas Pesqueras del Ecuador

CLOC: Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Organizaciones del Campo

SYNAGRI: Syndicat des Agriculteurs de Tunisie

PROPAC: Plateforme Regionale des Organisations Paysannes d’Afrique Centrale

ESAFF: Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum

ROPPA: Reseau des Organisations Paysanne et de Producteurs de l’Afrique de l’Ouest

PCFS: People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty

KESSFF: Kenya Small Scale Farmers Forum

ESAPN: Eastern and Souther African Pastoralists Network

PoetCom:Pacific Organic & Ethical Trade Community

AFSA: Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

WMW: World March of Women

The Coordination Committee in the period 2017-2019 was composed of 21 women and 18 men. To see its composition please click on CC Members 2017-2019.

The Coordination Committee in the period 2015-2017 was composed of 20 women and 19 men. To see its composition please click on CC Members 2015-2017.

The Coordination Committee in the period 2013-2015 was composed of 20 women and 18 men. To see its composition in October 2014 please click on CC List October 2014.

The Policy Working Groups

The Policy Working Groups (WG) are a fundamental part of the CSM work. The Working Group is the space where political inputs to CFS processes are articulated, debated, constructed, analysed and confronted. The aim, starting from the pluralities of expertise, knowledge and points of view, is to build a civil society common position to be brought to the CFS inter-sessional and plenary decision-making and policy debate activities. Working Groups are established in relation to the CFS processes approved in the Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPoW). Working Groups are open to all participating organizations of the CSM and ideally comprise organizations from all global constituencies and sub-regions. Each of the WG is led by one or two coordinators who are members of the CC and is usually supported by technical facilitators and resource persons.

Visit the dedicated page of each Working Group to learn more about CSM’s position and related CFS processes.

Read the Draft Guidelines on common policy positions and messages through the CSM.

The Advisory Group

The CSM Advisory Group (AG) is elected by and within the Coordination Committee every two years. The CSM has 4 seats within the CFS Advisory Group. The CSM appoints 8 members of the CSM AG who then attend CFS AG meetings on a rotational basis. As its name suggests, the CSM Advisory Group advises both the CFS Bureau on its policy decision making processes by consolidating, facilitating and sharing the CSOs common positions on CFS policy issues, and the CSM CC by informing its policy debate, being the direct link with the CFS Bureau and Advisory Group during the inter-sessional period. The CSM Advisory Group meets for a face-to-face meeting prior to each Joint CFS AG/Bureau Meeting, in order to articulate CSM common contributions on each topic of the CFS AG/Bureau meeting agenda.

The CSM Advisory Group members for the period October 2019-October 2021 are:

  • 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 (LVC), Canada
  • Christiana Louwa – WFFP, Kenya
  • Ramona Dominicioiu – La Via Campesina (LVC), Romania
  • André Luzzi – HIC, Brazil
  • Khalid Khawaldeh – WAMIP, Jordan

Read the Terms of Reference of the CSM Advisory Group members 

  • Azra Sayeed – International Women’s Alliance (IWA), Pakistan
  • Rodolfo González Greco – CLOC/LVC, Argentina
  • Editrudith Lukanga – World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers (WFF), Tanzania
  • Nadjirou Sall – Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et de Producteurs de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (ROPPA), Senegal
  • Alberto Broch – COPROFAM, Brazil
  • Mariam Aljaajaa –  Arab Network for the Protection of Nature (APN), Jordan/Lebanon
  • Saul Vicente Vázquez – International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), Mexico
  • Nettie Wiebe – La Via Campesina (LVC), Canada
  • Nathanael Buka Mupungu – PROPAC, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ramona Dominicioiu – La Via Campesina (LVC), Romania
  • Nadjirou Sall – Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et de Producteurs de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (ROPPA)
  • Taina Hedman Perez – International Indian Treaty Council (IITC)
  • Naseegh Jaffer – World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP)
  • Imogen Ebsworth – Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance
  • Adwoa Sakyi – International Union of Food Workers (IUF)
  • Javier Sánchez – La Via Campesina International
  • Rodolfo Gonzalez Greco – Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Organizaciones Campesinas (CLOC)
  • Alberta Guerra – ActionAid International
  • Javier Sánchez – La Via Campesina International
  • Svetlana Boincean – International Union of Food Workers (IUF)
  • “Mani” Jorge Stanley Icaza – International Indian Treaty Council (IITC)
  • Djibo Bagna – Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et de Producteurs de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (ROPPA)
  • Zoila Bustamante – World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers (WFF)
  • Laljibhai Desai – World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous People (WAMIP)
  • Razan Zuayter – Arab Network for Food Sovereignty
  • Maria Noel Salgado – Movimiento Agroecológico de América Latina y el Caribe (MAELA)

The Finance Working Group

The Coordination Committee is ultimately responsible for overseeing the financial and administrative work of the CSM on behalf of all CSM members. However, recognising the time constraints that they face in overseeing the work on a routine basis, the CC decided to establish a Finance and Administration sub-working group of the Coordination Committee. The CSM Finance Working Group (FWG) is elected together with the Coordination Committee and the Advisory Group every two years.

Finance Working Group members for the period 2019-2021

  • Rony Joseph – Coordination Committee Member
  • Justus Lavi Mwololo – Coordination Committee Member

  • André Luzzi – Coordination Committee Member

  • Verdiana Morandi – Coordination Committee Member

Read the Terms of Reference of the CSM Finance and Administrative Working Group Members

  • Thierry Kesteloot – Coordination Committee Member
  • Gabriela Cruz – Coordination Committee Member
  • Rony Joseph – Coordination Committee Member
  • Adwoa Sakyi – Coordination Committee Member
  • Thierry Kesteloot – Coordination Committee Member
  • Gabriela Cruz – Coordination Committee Member
  • Naseegh Jaffer – Advisory Group Member
  • Adwoa Sakyi – Advisory Group Member

The Secretariat

The CSM Secretariat guarantees CSM daily functioning. It offers a technical support to the work of the Coordination Committee, Advisory Group and Working Groups by facilitating the communication flow, ensuring the effective coordination of all CSM bodies and respecting of CSM organizing principles and internal functioning guidelines and by administrating the financial resources and logistics arrangements necessary. A Coordinator, a Financial/ Administrative Officer, a Programme Officer and a Communications officer compose the Secretariat. The office is based in Rome and is hosted within FAO Headquarters. The Secretariat reports directly to the Coordination Committee. 

A professional and long-term collaborating team of interpreters and translators supports the daily work of the Secretariat, by enabling the translation of all CFS documents and CSM messages and the interpretation of all meetings in Spanish, French and English.

To contact the CSM Secretariat please write to [email protected]

Coordinator: Martin Wolpold-Bosien

Programme Officer: Teresa Maisano

Financial and Administrative Officer: Luca Bianchi

Communications Officer: Marion Girard

No vacancies are available at the moment.

The CSM Forum

Each year the CSM holds its Annual Forum prior to the CFS Plenary Session and it is open to all interested civil society participants of the CSM. This two-days forum is a fundamental moment and space for the CSM. At the Forum, CSOs are able to debate, consolidate, articulate and finalise their positions that will be shared and brought to the CFS Plenary Session. Prior to the Annual Forum the CSM CC holds its annual meeting. The Forum is as well a space for accountability, where CC members report to all participating CSOs about their work, performance and activities. Finally the CSM forum is the space to assess the past processes, to consolidate the common positions for the present and to identify the key challenges and steps forward for the future.

Internal Guidelines and ToRs

This Section on CSM Guidelines includes a number of documents that orient the internal proceedings of the CSM. They were agreed by consensus in the CSM Coordination Committee, if not otherwise indicated. In case of a vote in the CSM Coordination Committee, the document as approved by the majority decision is published here, but also the divergent position of the minority is documented, if this was requested. If the document is introduced as “draft”, it has not been adopted by the CSM CC yet.


Just as civil society promote accountability from government donors, institutions and the private sector, we too are committed within the Civil Society Mechanism to ensure accountability to CSOs worldwide and to our donor partners. We strive to maintain the highest level of transparency and inclusiveness in the CSM’s decision making processes as well as in the management of funds. In saying so, you can find the CSM’s yearly programme of work and our Annual Report in the below.

The CSM engaged in a process of reflection and evaluation with its CC members from March to July 2014. You can find here the Evaluation Report of the CSM  produced by Patrick Mulvany and Christina Schiavoni.

In 2017 the CSM commissioned an independent evaluation that was published in September 2018 and presented and discussed during the CC meeting and the CSM Forum of October. The CSM Evaluation was conducted by Priscilla Claeys and Jessica Duncan.

For more information on internal decision-making procedures, please refer to our “Internal Guidelines and ToRs” Section in this same page.


Since the constitution of its first Coordination Committee in May 2011 the CSM was financed mainly by governments and international institutions active into the CFS. More than 85% of the resources provided to the CSM from 2011 to 2019 where given by the following donors: the European Union, the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency, Germany, Brazil, Norway, Spain, Italy, France. IFAD and FAO also supported the CSM activities with both financial and in kind contributions, by hosting CSM CC meetings, CSM Fora and in general CSM preparatory meetings to CFS events.

Finally Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and NGO active into the CSM also contributed importantly to the CSM financing not only providing almost the 15% of its financial resources during the period 2011-2019 but also providing in-kind contributions and directly covering the costs of the participation and active engagement of its own members to the Annual CSM Fora and CFS meetings.

Consult a more detailed overview of the CSM financial contributions during the period 2011-2019 here

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