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Announcing the Members of the Kofi Annan Commission on Food Security: Re-imagining Global Governance

The Kofi Annan Foundation is delighted to announce the members of the Kofi Annan Commission on Food Security.

The Kofi Annan Commission on Food Security (KACFS) brings together a group of global experts on food security, governance, nutrition, and multilateralism to develop evidence-based policy recommendations for a new global food security governance system which can achieve a world with sustainable, equitable and resilient food security.

The Commission’s work also involves raising public awareness and mobilizing political commitment to the adoption and implementation of these recommendations. The Kofi Annan Foundation provides substantive, communication and logistical support to the Commission.

The Commissioners will meet several times in 2024, starting on 15 and 16 April in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Members of the Commission

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Elhadj As Sy

Chair of the Commission

Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation Board, Former Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

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Amir Abdulla


Former Deputy Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP) and Former UN Coordinator, Black Sea Grain Initiative

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H.E Hailemariam Dessalegn Boshe


Former Executive Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Dr Agnes Kalibata


President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

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Dr David Nabarro


Former co-lead of the UN Global Crisis Response Group on food-energy-finance and Strategic Director of 4SD Foundation

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Sara Roversi


President, Future Food Institute

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Dr Soumya Swaminathan


Chairperson of the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) and Former Chief Scientist, World Health Organization (WHO)

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Mariana Vasconcelos


Co-founder and CEO, Agrosmart

About the Kofi Annan Commission on Food Security 

The Kofi Annan Foundation, with the support of The Rockefeller Foundation, is convening an eminent group of leaders – the Kofi Annan Commission on Food Security: Re-imagining Global Governance – to review the current challenges to the global food security architecture; develop policy recommendations and possible models for a transformed global food governance system; and mobilize political commitment to adopt a new system that is fit-for-purpose to achieve a world with sustainable, equitable and resilient food security.


We are not on course to reach Sustainable Development Goal 2, which calls for a world free of hunger by 2030, where all people, especially the poor and vulnerable, can access safe, nutritious, and sufficient food all year round.

The rise in hunger and food insecurity, fueled by a complex interplay of factors, demands immediate action at the highest political level and coordinated global efforts to alleviate this critical development and humanitarian challenge.

The legitimacy and effectiveness of the multilateral system is increasingly questioned. Voices from civil society and the Global South raise concerns about representation, inclusiveness, accountability, and transparency. Others express concern at perceived duplication, inefficiencies, and institutional complexities, and wonder whether current global governance mechanisms, including those related to food, nutrition, and agriculture are fit for purpose.

Global leaders have already largely coalesced around possible solutions on food prices and availability. Now is the time to influence a rethinking of our current structures, practices, and policies within global governance systems.

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