International Policy and Regulatory Frameworks
Edited by Rosemary Rayfuse and Nicole Weisfelt
Chapter 12: Global food security governance: the Committee on World Food Security, Comprehensive Framework for Action and the G8/G20
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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