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Technical Note on Financing Flows and Food Crises
Global analysis of humanitarian and development assistance to food security, agriculture and nutrition in 54 countries with food crisis between 2016-2019

31/03/2021 -

The Technical note on “Financing flows and food crises – global analysis of humanitarian and development assistance to food security, agriculture and nutrition” provides an overview of the types and availability of external financing flows to food sectors to food crisis situations around the world between 2016 and 2019. This global overview highlights potential gaps and imbalances of funding between countries – by comparing food-related financial flows across countries – and in relation to their food security levels – by presenting acute food insecurity figures as provided by the four available editions of the Global Report on Food Crises.  This technical note has been prepared by the Technical Support Unit (TSU) of the Global Network Against Food Crises based on research and analysis from Development Initiatives. The note also underwent a rigorous technical review by several partners including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The development of the technical note was made possible through the financial contribution of the European Union. 

Technical Support Unit (TSU) of the Global Network Against Food Crises

Hunger Hotspots - March to July 2021 outlook
FAO-WFP early warnings on acute food insecurity

23/03/2021 -

The FAO-WFP Hunger Hotspots report is a forward-looking, earlywarning analysis of countries and situations, called hotspots, where acute food insecurity is likely to deteriorate over the coming months. These hotspots are identified through a consensus-based analysis of key drivers of food insecurity, and their likely combination and evolution across countries and regions. Looking at the outlook period of March–July 2021, there are 20 countries and situations where there is a likelihood of further deterioration in acute food insecurity, due to multiple drivers of hunger that are interlinked or mutually reinforcing. These are primarily conflict dynamics, economic shocks, the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, weather extremes and the diffusion of plant pests and animal diseases. The report provides country-specific recommendations on priorities for emergency response, as well as anticipatory action to address existing humanitarian needs and ensure short-term protective interventions before new needs materialize. These actions are strongly recommended to save lives, protect the livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations and prevent further human suffering. 

FAO and WFP

FAO-WFP Early Warning Analysis of Acute Food Insecurity Hotspots - October 2020

10/11/2020 -

As acute food insecurity levels appear to be reaching new highs globally, also as a result of the socio-economic fallout of measures imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19, this joint FAO-WFP report aims to raise an early warning on 20 countries and situations - called hotspots - that, starting from already significant levels of acute food insecurity in early 2020, are facing the risk of a further rapid deterioration over the next months. Through a forward-looking analysis on potential evolutions of food insecurity drivers, this report aims to inform urgent action to safeguard the most vulnerable communities in the countries covered. This report is part of a series of analytical products produced under the Global Network Against Food Crises initiative to enhance and coordinate the generation and sharing of evidence-based information and analysis for preventing and addressing food crises.  

Author: FAO and WFP

2020 Global Report on Food Crises - September 2020 Update In times of COVID‑19

14/10/2020 -

For the last four years, the Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC) has provided an annual, consensus-based overview of the severity, magnitude and drivers of the world’s food crises. The GRFC 2020 reported the highest global number of acutely food-insecure people on record. It revealed that in 2019, some 135 million in 55 countries and territories were in need of urgent food, livelihood and nutrition assistance as a result of conflict, weather extremes, economic shocks, or a combination of all three drivers. This figure reflected not only worsening levels of acute food insecurity in many countries, but also the wider availability of food security data, including in previously inaccessible areas or in contexts that had previously yielded poor-quality data. This GRFC 2020 September update in times of COVID‑19 provides acute food insecurity data for 26 countries identified in the GRFC 2020 and also includes Togo in the report for the first time. The cut-off date for the information and data used to prepare this report was 30 September 2020.

Author: Food Security Information Network (FSIN)

Food Crises and COVID-19: Emerging evidence and implications for action
Photo Gallery of the virtual side-event 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly

15/09/2020 -

On 15 September 2020, the Global Network Against Food Crises’s partners held a side-event on the margins of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The side-event benefited from the participation and intervention from high-level decision-makers, including key Resource Partners, Regional Bodies, National Representatives and UN agencies.

Author: FAO

COVID-19 survey on development co-operation response to the pandemic

11/09/2020 -

In order to inform a coordinated development cooperation response to support developing countries affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the Development Co-operation Directorate conducted a special survey in April-May 2020. This paper presents the main findings from the survey. The term ‘anticipatory action’ refers to actions triggered before a crisis in order to mitigate the worst effects, or even avoid a crisis altogether. While substantial progress has been made in reducing the devastating impacts of drought, decisions on how to protect livelihoods continue to be taken when a crisis is already happening and delays in mobilising funds to respond are commonplace. This working paper argues that the potential benefits of anticipatory action can only be achieved if the central focus moves from identifying and supporting vulnerable individuals with particular project packages to effecting a system-wide change in how anticipatory action is thought about and used. This publication has been produced as contribution to strengthening the Global Network Against Food Crises.

Author: Development Assistance Committee, OECD

Food Crises and COVID‑19: Emerging evidence and implications
An analysis of acute food insecurity and agri‑food systems during COVID‑19 pandemic

08/09/2020 -

As a follow up to the campaign “Food crises and COVID‑19”3 , the Technical Support Unit of the Global Network Against Food Crises, in partnership with the Food and Nutrition Security Impact, Resilience, Sustainability and Transformation programme (FIRST), Food Security Information Network (FSIN) and IPC Global Support Unit (IPC GSU), has developed this technical note to present the emerging evidence on the effects of COVID‑19 on acute food insecurity, livelihoods and agri‑food systems, as well as an analysis of the effects of policy measures and responses related to COVID‑19 with a specific focus on countries with food crisis.

Author: Technical Support Unit (TSU) of the Global Network Against Food Crises

2020 Global Report on Food Crises - Regional Focus on IGAD Member States

20/07/2020 -

This IGAD regional report is a by-product of the annual Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC 2020), which results from a complex, multi-partner process involving commitment and contributions from a multitude of agencies and individuals and is facilitated by the Food Security Information Network (FSIN). This report provides a regional baseline of the number of acutely food-insecure people in need of urgent food and livelihood assistance across member countries of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional economic organization that brings together member states to address issues that affect the lives and livelihoods of people in the East and Horn of Africa region. The figures refer to the point in 2019 at which the numbers of acutely food insecure people were highest. The report fills an information gap and monitors regional trends relating to acute food insecurity, which can be used by governments and decision makers in their design of policies to address the root causes of acute food insecurity and malnutrition. It serves as an important reminder that the IGAD region requires continued support in development and resiliencebuilding interventions, in addition to humanitarian response during crisis situations. 

Author(s): Food Security Information Network (FSIN) and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)

FAO-WFP Early Warning Analysis of Acute Food Insecurity Hotspots - July 2020
A joint FAO-WFP analysis of food insecurity hotspots as the coronavirus crisis unfolds

17/07/2020 -

This joint FAO-WFP early warning analysis highlights countries that are at risk of significant food security deterioration, and in particular acute hunger and associated malnutrition. The first edition shows that people in some 25 countries are set to face devasting levels of hunger in coming months due to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. This report is part of a series of analytical products produced under the Global Network Against Food Crises initiative to enhance and coordinate the generation and sharing of evidence-based information and analysis for preventing and addressing food crises.

Author(s): FAO and WFP

Overseas Development Institute Anticipatory action for livelihood protection: a collective endeavor

16/06/2020 -

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union (EU) through the partnership agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which contributes to strengthening the Global Network Against Food Crises. The term ‘anticipatory action’ (AA) refers to actions triggered before a crisis in order to mitigate the worst effects of the crisis, or even avoid crisis altogether. While substantial progress has been made in reducing the devastating impacts of drought, most anticipatory actions taken to protect livelihoods have been on a small or pilot scale, and on an ad hoc project basis. The analysis presented in this paper suggests that the potential benefits of AA can only be achieved if the central focus moves from identifying and supporting vulnerable individuals with particular project packages to effecting a system-wide change in how AA is thought about and used.

Author: Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
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