What is the Global Network Against Food Crises

The Global Network Against Food Crises is an alliance of humanitarian and development actors united by the commitment to tackle the root causes of food crises and promote sustainable solutions through shared analysis and knowledge, strengthened coordination in evidence-based responses and collective efforts across the Humanitarian, Development and Peace (HDP) nexus.

European Union, FAO and WFP launched the Global Network Against Food Crises at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) to respond to the WHS’s call for new approaches to tackle protracted crises and recurrent disasters, reduce vulnerability, and manage risk, by bridging the divide between development and humanitarian partners. 


The implementation of the Global Network aims at strengthening partnership while prioritizing interventions according to evidence-based analysis and ultimately bringing at scale country resilience programmes.

In this framework, the Global Network is a key tool for formulating and delivering food security and nutrition outcomes in food crisis countries, thus supporting the efforts towards achieving the Zero Hunger goal of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

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How the Global Network works

The Global Network’s partners operate at national, regional and global level along three interlinked dimensions:

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Going beyond foodStrategic investments in food security and nutritionUnderstanding food crises

Since its launch, the ongoing efforts to operationalize the Global Network show a great commitment by the international community in establishing a coordinated mechanism to improve the current response instruments.

Therefore, the Global Network is expanding and bolstering stronger alliances with all parties in order to speed and scale up the Network’s efforts to move beyond evidence towards more coherent coordinated strategic investments along the Humanitarian-Development-Peace nexus.


Definition and approach

Current governance

The European Commission for International Partnerships  (DG INTPA) and European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), together with FAO and WFP are the co-founding and core steering members of the Global Network.

The overall management and coordination of the Global Network’s structure is entrusted to a Senior Steering Group (SSG). The function of the SSG is to guide and endorse the Global Network’s overall strategy, monitor progress, ensure adequate funding, and act as ‘Ambassadors’ to raise the profile and effectiveness of the Global Network.

The SSG is assisted by a Technical Support Unit (TSU), which is hosted by FAO and jointly staffed by FAO and WFP experts. The TSU provides secretariat support to the SSG, supports and advises the SSG to ensure that Global Network strategic priorities are transformed into action.



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Founding members: