Le Comité de la sécurité alimentaire mondiale dix ans après la réforme

Translated title of the contribution: The Committee on World Food Security ten years after reform

Jessica Duncan, Lambek Nadia, Priscilla Claeys

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    The reform of the UN’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in 2009 was widely regarded as a key moment in the re-organization of global food security governance processes. This was due to the implementation of a novel approach to participation of “stakeholders”, and an explicit commitment to advancing human rights and prioritizing the voices of those most affected by hunger and food insecurity. The reformed CFS is part of a broader architecture of global food security governance that is increasingly anti-political: that is, it is increasingly organized in ways that minimise, avoid, or conceal the relations of power and conflictual dimensions inherent to complex and normative policy processes and reflective of the antagonisms inherent in human society. Through the reform process, we argue that the CFS has emerged as a forum where politics can, and do, play out. To arrive at this conclusion, in this chapter we introduce a critical political analytic framework before introducing the reform of the CFS. We review the CFS’s six reform roles and introduce the CFS negotiation process as an example of political practice. We then examine three challenges that threaten to depoliticise the CFS. These include: (1) changes in qualifications for participants that have resulted in a rebalancing of participation between the private sector and civil society; (2) a shift away from plenary negotiations to intersessional negotiations; and, (3) changes in the role of human rights at the CFS. The chapter concludes by making a case for supporting the CFS as a political committee.
    Translated title of the contributionThe Committee on World Food Security ten years after reform
    Original languageFrench
    Title of host publicationUn monde sans faim
    EditorsAntoine Bernard de Raymond, Delphine Thivet
    Place of PublicationFrance
    PublisherSciences Po Press
    Number of pages32
    ISBN (Electronic)978-2-7246-2772-5
    ISBN (Print)9782724627701
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2021


    • food security, global governance, participation, policy, Committee on World Food Security, politics, anti-politics


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