The Department of State is pleased to announce the following senior members of the U.S. Delegation attending the 36th session of the Committee on World Food Security, to be held from October 11th through World Food Day on October 16th, 2010, in Rome, Italy:
Ambassador Ertharin Cousin
U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome (Head of Delegation)
Ambassador Patricia Haslach
Deputy Coordinator for Diplomacy, Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative
Other members of the U.S. delegation include officials and technical experts from the Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
The Committee for World Food Security (CFS) is a forum located within the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization for reviewing and following up on policies concerning world food security. It was established as a result of the food crisis of the 1970s, upon recommendation from the 1974 World Food Conference. In 2009, the CFS underwent significant reform to improve its effectiveness by including a wider group of stakeholders and increasing its ability to promote the Rome Principles and policy convergence in support of country-led strategies to reduce food insecurity. The United States looks forward to working with the international community to ensure the CFS serves as a knowledge-based global platform for effective communication and supports country-led processes that work towards the elimination of hunger and the promotion of food security and nutrition for all.