Renewal through Participation in Global Food Security Governance: Implementing the International Food Security and Nutrition Civil Society Mechanism to the Committee on World Food Security

J.A.B. Duncan, D. Barling

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Abstract

The food commodity price rises from 2006 to 2008 engendered a period
of political renewal and reform in the governance of global food security. The
Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was designated as the main international forum dealing with food security and nutrition in 2009 as part of this reform.
Through the CFS reform process, civil society organizations secured the
right to co-ordinate autonomously their engagement in the Committee as official
participants and are doing so through the International Food Security and Nutrition Civil Society Mechanism (CSM). The CSM is an innovative institutional
form designed to allow a broad range of civil society organizations from different
regions of the world and from diverse constituencies, notably those who face
food insecurity on a regular basis, to participate in global food security governance.
The challenges and complexities of setting up and operationalizing the
CSM are presented and illustrated. These findings are considered in the context
of the longer-term move towards widening participation in global governance,
with a particular focus on the trajectory of civil society participation in food security governance. The broad neo-liberal logic, or embedded neo-liberalism, that underpins contemporary world politics provides boundaries within which the
innovative CSM is being given shape through the political agency of the participating civil society organizations. The study concludes by suggesting that while the Civil Society Mechanism faces some internal challenges, these are not insurmountable, and that the CSM represents an effective politicizing, engaging and connecting model for food-focused civil society organization entering into global governance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-161
JournalInternational Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food
Volume19
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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