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Coordination of food and agricultural disaster risk reduction and management in southern Africa

Coordination of food and agricultural disaster risk reduction and management in southern Africa

Full title of the project:

Coordination of food and agricultural disaster risk reduction and management in southern Africa

Target areas:

Southern Africa

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 800 000
08/02/2013-31/03/2014
Project code:
OSRO/RAF/302/USA
Objective:

To reduce vulnerability and risk to food insecurity in the southern Africa region by strengthening regional and national efficiency and effectiveness for disaster preparedness, risk reduction, emergency response and early recovery linked with agricultural development.

Key partners:

FAO Representations, the Regional Vulnerability Assessment Committee, the National Vulnerability Assessment Committees, members of the Regional Inter-Agency Standing Committee and the Food and the Nutrition Security Working Group of Southern Africa.

Beneficiaries reached:

FAO Representation Offices; Regional and National Vulnerability Assessment Committees; the Regional Inter-Agency Standing Committee; and the Nutrition Security Working Group of Southern Africa, including UN agency, NGO and donor representatives.

Activities implemented:
  • Organized regular meetings, workshops and trainings that involved regional and national actors to present assessments, progress and plans for increased food and nutrition security.
  • Published the monthly update detailing food and nutrition security information from the southern Africa region, including a general overview and highlights on particularly stressed conditions, and a section on important events such as trainings, meetings and assessments.
  • Supported a joint UN mission to Namibia to provide technical support to build capacities to respond to droughts and address existing vulnerabilities.
  • Organized a pre-season disaster risk preparedness and planning workshop that targeted national and regional stakeholders to discuss the implications of the 2013/14 seasonal rainfall forecast report and meet any possible emergencies.
  • Assisted Mozambique in revising its baseline food security survey to include nutrition indicators and advised South Africa and Zimbabwe in the revision of their HIV and AIDS strategies for the agriculture sector.
  • Documented and disseminated best practices and lessons learned through policy briefs, technical briefs, a quarterly newsletter for southern Africa and on the FAO southern Africa Web site.
Impact:
  • Strengthened the positioning and increased the visibility of FAO as a key regional player in disaster risk reduction and management, particularly in the areas of technical support, capacity development and the coordination of regional initiatives.
  • Institutionalized IPC in the region by increasing capacities of national and regional partners in training and analysis; demand increased and some governments committed funding to IPC activities in their countries.
  • Strengthened vulnerability assessment and analysis and helped to produce quality reports that are nutrition-, HIV- and gender-sensitive.
  • Increased knowledge of regional and national stakeholders through regular meetings and through monthly food and nutrition security updates, newsletters and the Web site.
  • Most countries in the region have integrated nutrition into agriculture investment plans following the CAADP nutrition capacity development workshops.