Crop Biotech Update

FAO Committee on World Food Security Strengthened

November 27, 2009

The Food and Agriculture Organization's governing body agreed to strengthen the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) so it can become the "international platform for discussion, coordination and policy convergence in order to eliminate world hunger."

The agreement which came about during the World Summit on Food Security held last week in Rome, Italy  makes the CFS a central component of the Global Partnership for Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition. Aside from the Member States of FAO and the United Nations, the CFS will now also include representatives of international organizations, nongovernment organizations, the private sector and civil society. An international network of experts will support the CFS to assure "scientific legitimacy of its deliberations and ensure that decisions are based on best available evidence."

See the FAO press release at: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/37643/icode/