The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was set up in 1974 as an intergovernmental body to serve as a forum for review and follow up of food security policies. In 2009 the Committee went through a reform process to ensure that the voices of other stakeholders were heard in the global debate on food security and nutrition. The vision of the reformed CFS is to be the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together in a coordinated way to ensure food security and nutrition for all.
Deborah Fulton is Secretary of the Committee on World Food Security.
She has worked in international development for more than 25 years, the majority of that time for the Australian Government. Her most recent roles before joining CFS were as Australia’s development counsellor in the permanent delegation to the OECD and Alternate Permanent Representative to the World Food Programme.
She spent fifteen years working on design and management of bilateral and regional programs in the Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea in a range of sectors, including land administration, forestry, rural development, and climate change adaptation and mitigation programs. She has managed humanitarian and disaster risk reduction programs in Asia and the Pacific. Over the past ten years she has worked on policy and programs with a range of UN bodies, multilateral development banks, the OECD, the G20’s development working group and Asia/Pacific regional bodies. In addition to food security and food assistance, her policy-relevant work has addressed governance of climate change and environment agreements and programs, climate finance, development financing and effectiveness, and multilateral institution effectiveness.
She has Masters degrees in anthropology; public policy; and a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology and development, all from the Australian National University.