The Facilitating Committee (FC) is composed of 5 to 9 representatives of international/global organizations and regional process, with constituency, gender and regional balance. The Facilitating Committee has the political mandate to organize the internal communication, prepare the meetings, control and monitor funds allocation, facilitate the IPC process, initiate (if needed), coordinate and monitor the working groups, and take on the formal responsibilities. The Facilitating Committee is accountable to the General Meeting. The FC is supported for the above functions by a Support Group (SG) composed of a representative from each organization participating at the international level of the IPC, who is not represented in the FC and a representative of each regional process, who is not represented in the FC.
The Secretariat can be shared between different regions following the decision of the General Meeting. It is an operative structure that is mandated to organize communications via the web site, mailing list, etc. and to fulfill an administrative role for financial issues related to the General Meeting, resource mobilization, support to working groups, etc. The Secretariat prepares the IPC annual General Meeting.
A Rome based organization is given the responsibility to facilitate the relations on a regular basis with the Rome-based UN agencies, in ongoing communication with and reporting to the Facilitating Committee.
The IPC Working Groups
The IPC Working Groups are endorsed by the General Meeting. They have the legitimacy to operate with the full support of all the IPC organizations on a specific priority theme. WGs are open and flexible structures, formed on an ad hoc basis and with an open working methodology. The WGs must be led by the Social Movements (at least 2 different IPC organizations, all the IPC organizations are invited to actively participate) and should encourage the participation of youth and women. The WG should work in coordination with the Facilitating Committee. They should function with financial autonomy, under control of the Facilitating Committee, and contribute to the general functioning of the secretariat. The WG should report to the General Meeting. Information should be regularly disseminated and circulated between regions and organizations and within the Facilitating Committee. Each WG will select a supporting NGO to facilitate the daily implementation of the working plan. Additionally, other NGOs can support the work of the working group. The WG can also be open to other organizations that are not part of IPC, on the basis of the Facilitating Committee decision, as ratified by the General Meeting. Those working groups will be denominated “WG IPC Plus”.
The IPC4CSM Group has been established in order to strengthen coordination at and input into the World Committee on Food Security (CFS) through active participation in the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM). All former and new CSM CC (Coordination Committee) members can participate in this group. This group is coordinated with the Facilitation Committee. The group can select a support NGO.
The General Meeting is the biannual space where international and regional organizations and representatives of regional processes update the working plan and agree on the political lines developed around Food Sovereignty. During the meeting, the actions and achievements of the Facilitating Committee, Secretariat and Working Groups are evaluated. In the General Meeting all international and regional organizations and representatives of all regional processes participate; invited NGOs participate only as observers.
The General Meeting should elaborate a working plan together with all the participant organizations.
Regional processes: IPC sets up regional processes on all continents. The regional process of the IPC should follow the general principles and lines of actions agreed upon at the General Meetings. Regional organizations and all regional formations (branches) of the international organizations organize the process by setting up a coordination structure of all the different organizations at regional level. The regional processes define the regional priorities and also facilitate a full participation of the regional organizations in the IPC WG and the participation in all institutional regional processes where IPC is involved.
Set up of the Secretariat 2015/2107: The Secretariat is a shared responsibility between the Rome Secretariat and the Regional Secretariat, which will be set up in the different regions on the basis of the ongoing regional process. The Rome-based Secretariat will be operated by Crocevia and the office of LVC in Rome.
Relations with Rome-based Agencies
The General Meeting agrees that Crocevia is the Rome based organization to which is given the responsibility to facilitate the relations on a regular base with the UN Rome based agencies
Appointment of the Facilitating Committee and the Support Group:
For the international organizations the APPOINTED members are:
LVC: Javier Sanchez
WFF: Cairo Laguna
CITI: Taina Headman
HIC: Kuria Gathuru
For the regional processes the nominated members are:
Latin America: Maria Noel Salgado (MAELA/Alianza),
Africa: Naseegh Jaffer (WFFP)
Asia: Lalji Desai (WAMIP)
Support Group for the Facilitating committee
WFFP: Naseegh Jaffer
FIMARC: Rony Joseph
MIJARC: Claire Quintin
WMW: Elizabeth Maria Cardoso
Urgenci: Judith Hitchman
Oceania: Tammi Earline Jonas
North America: Naim Kenyatta
Europa: Jyoti Fernandez