Key Reference Documents for the UN Food Systems Summit
The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is the foremost inclusive international and intergovern- mental platform for relevant stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all. With its Secretariat based in Rome, Italy, CFS reports to the UN General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and to FAO Conference.
CFS develops and endorses policy recommenda- tions and guidance on a wide range of food security and nutrition topics using a multi-stakeholder, inclu- sive approach. The CFS policy recommendations have an unrivalled level of international legitimacy and authority as they are negotiated and agreed by Member Nations with the inclusive participation of all key actors concerned with food security and nu- trition: are informed by evidence and scientific anal- ysis provided by the CFS High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (CFS HLPE); and draw from the technical capacity of the three Rome-based Agencies FAO, IFAD, and WFP and other recognized experts and institutions from around the world.
Among CFS’s most prominent and impactful prod- ucts to date are its 2012 Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forestry, its 2014 Principles of Responsible Agri- cultural Investments, and its 2021 Voluntary Guide- lines on Food Systems and Nutrition.
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