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FAO Director-General meets in Dakar with UN organizations involved in food security and nutrition

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Director-General meets with UNS in Dakar

2 November 2013, Dakar, Senegal – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva had a work session with the following Representatives of the United Nations System.

  • Ms Fatou Bintou DJIBO, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative
  • Ms Ingeborg Maria BREUER, WFP Representative and Country Director
  • Ms Giovanna BARBERIS, UNICEF Representative
  • Mr. Vincent Martin, FAO Representative

The Country Team worksto help the country face its priority challenges, primarily how to fund operations and better coordinate food security and nutrition interventions.  For this purpose, nutrition should be raised higher on the national agenda through a multisectoral approach.
WFP and UNICEF submitted the results of the Food Security and Nutrition Survey (ENSAN), conducted in June by the Executive Secretariat of the National Council for Food Security with the help of FAO, WFP, WHO and UNICEF to map out the current situation.

Brazil was mentioned for its expertise in family allowance schemesunder its Zero Hunger programme. As a result, the Director-General was invited to share his experience of the programme.  He declared that every country acknowledges that priority should be given to fighting food and nutritional insecurity, the only difference being in how to approach the problem..

Family allowance schemes are a key component of Zero Hunger. However, the major driver was the inclusive approach involving all local actors (including smallscale producers) in income generating activities. Results were visible not only in the short term but also over the long term, and were remarkably coordinated. At the financing level, in view of the ongoing crisis, budget formulation remains a major exercise.

Good approach mechanisms are needed to effectively address food and nutritional insecurity, difficult to eradicate whether harvests are good or not. It has many different causes and efficient responses require an inclusive consultation process with all stakeholders, including with the private sector. Efforts should be focused on the grassroots level. For this purpose, Brazil offered to second an expert in family allowances to Senegal for a few weeks in order to provide appropriate advice and guidance.

The Director-General highly recommended enhancing ENSAN data analyses and thoroughly processing the results, with a view to submit them to the highest national authorities.