The Challenge of Food Security

The Challenge of Food Security

International Policy and Regulatory Frameworks

Edited by Rosemary Rayfuse and Nicole Weisfelt

This timely study addresses the pressing issue of food security through a range of interdisciplinary contributions, providing both scholarly and policy-making perspectives. It sets the discussion on food security within the little-studied context of its international legal and regulatory framework. The expert contributors explore the key issues from a development perspective and through the lens of existing governance and policy systems with a view to articulating how these systems can be made more effective in dealing with the roots of food insecurity.

Chapter 12: Global food security governance: the Committee on World Food Security, Comprehensive Framework for Action and the G8/G20

Matias Margulis

Subjects: development studies, law and development, environment, environmental law, law - academic, environmental law, international economic law, trade law, law and development, public international law


Eradicating world hunger has been a long-standing objective of the international community. Following the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) in 1945 to ‘ensure freedom from hunger’, subsequent decades saw a proliferation of international institutions charged with addressing the manifold and complex causes of hunger. At present there are over a dozen international institutions active in the field of food security. Working alongside these institutions are numerous regional, non-governmental and private organizations. This decentralized patchwork of institutions constitutes what may be best described as global food security governance. This chapter analyses key, recent institutional developments in global food security governance. These include the reform of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the negotiation of the Comprehensive Frame for Action (CFA), and the emergence of the Group of Eight (G8)/Group of Twenty (G20) as a multilateral food security forum. These institutional developments share a common origin: they were direct responses to the 2008 global food crisis.

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