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.

How the Global Network works

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


  1. The work under this dimension is to promote neutral and consensus-based information on food crises, as global public goods to timely support decision-making processes at all levels, as well as highlight and address possible data and information gaps. It builds on existing country mechanisms for food security and nutrition analysis as well as on the arrangement in place for global and regional analysis and information on food crises, facilitated by the Food Security Information Network (FSIN). In addition, the Global Network promotes and increasingly benefits from the strategic linkages between other initiatives that aim to strengthen the predictive analysis of food crises to inform prevention and early responses.


  2. Using the information and analysis generated under the first dimension, the Global Network promotes strategic, evidence-based and coherent investments in food and nutrition security in countries facing or at risk of food crisis. The work integrates preparedness, anticipatory and early action to reduce the impact of acute crisis, and simultaneous short-term humanitarian actions with medium to long-term development for country recovery and reconstruction.


  3. The work under this dimension is to increase collaboration and coordination between agencies, institutions and networks to holistically address food crises. Addressing multiple facets of food crises require multisector interventions, a combination of humanitarian, development and peace efforts, and greater coherence across sectors. Under this dimension, the Global Network fosters high-level advocacy and political uptake to address humanitarian, development and peacebuilding needs.

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.

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