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Philanthropic Foundations Mechanism for the Committee on World Food Security

The Committee on World Food Security is a platform of the United Nations that gathers stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all. Philanthropy is more engaged than ever, with leaders coming together to inform its urgent work.


The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is an inclusive international and intergovernmental platform of the United Nations that gathers stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all.

The CFS includes member states, participants and observers worldwide and is assisted by the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition to provide independent, scientific knowledge-based analysis and advice.

To keep bold food systems transformation on the table in important global fora and processes, the Philanthropic Foundations Mechanism (PFM) will coordinate the private philanthropic sector’s engagement with the critical work of the Committee on World Food Security.


The CFS is well known for its inclusive discussions and for developing and endorsing policy recommendations and guidance on a wide range of food security and nutrition topics.

It is a unique platform that brings together governments, civil society, private sector, farmers, indigenous peoples, academia, private philanthropies, and other stakeholders, shaping the global food systems’ agenda.

With ever-increasing systemic shocks and crises challenging global food security, the CFS and its work are more essential than ever.

Philanthropy is committed to informing this work.


The Philanthropic Foundations Mechanism is coordinated jointly by the Agroecology Fund, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Alliance for the Future of Food.

Input and engagement from the wider philanthropic sector will be developed through a new Coordination Committee, with membership and participation open to private philanthropic foundations. The PFM will seek input from foundation participants, their grantees and the general public.

Together the three founding partners represent the collective voice and strength of dozens of philanthropies: the Global Alliance represents 30+ foundations; the Agroecology Fund is a network of 30+ foundations; the Gates Foundation brings together an extensive network of partners worldwide.


The Philanthropic Foundations Mechanism will:

Coordinate the participation of philanthropic organizations in the work of the CFS.

Facilitate input from private philanthropic foundations to negotiations and consultations.

Ensure contributions from the sector to the High-Level Panel of Experts process.

Contribute to decision-making.

Through this mechanism, private philanthropies can take part in all inter-sessional activities and the CFS Annual Plenary.

The PFM will also liaise with the Civil Society and Indigenous People's Mechanism, the Private Sector Mechanism, and other stakeholders to advance the priorities of the CFS.