The Four Pillars of the Global Governance Programme
The programme’s four main pillars of work reinforce each other. In all programme activities, special emphasis is given to strengthening the links between the food and agriculture sector and nutrition, resilience, social protection, and other emerging issues in the international development agenda. The programme also contributed substantially to the design of FAO’s Strategic Framework (2014-2018) and helped pioneer a more integrated way of working across divisions at headquarters level.
Main Areas of Work
1. Strengthening the Committee on World Food Security (CFS)
To foster inclusive dialogue and policy debate at all levels, the programme supports the CFS’s effort to:
- strengthen civil society’s participation in policy processes through the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM);
- provide evidence and guidance on key policy issues through thematic reports prepared by a High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE); and
- organize consultations on internationally-agreed frameworks and principles – i.e. the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises (FFA); and the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI).
2. Improving Information for Decision-Making
Transparent decision-making based on solid evidence is essential for good food and nutrition security governance. The programme helps improve information for decision-making by:
- setting up the Food Security Information Network (FSIN) - a community of practice primarily aimed at developing capacity of national and regional food security and nutrition information systems;
- building national capacity in generating better food security statistics from household surveys;
- developing a methodology for measuring and analyzing resilience in several countries;
- supporting work on the impact of climate change on agriculture and resilience and on monitoring agriculture drought from space (ASIS);
- improving methodologies for nutrition analysis and assessments;
- supporting the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) which analyzes situations of acute and chronic food insecurity and malnutrition; and
- developing tools for mapping and analyzing the impact of food and agriculture policies, programmes and investments on nutrition.
3. Making Food Security and Nutrition-Related Policies and Programmes More Coherent and Effective
Food security and nutrition related policies and programmes cut across different sectors including health, trade, agriculture, social development, etc. The programme therefore supports a wide range of initiatives such as:
- improving policies and programmes aimed at building resilience in countries in protracted crisis and promoting an agriculture risk management approach;
- developing guidance materials and stimulating policy dialogue to strengthen the links between agriculture and social protection;
- guiding the development of national policies that deal with food safety issues;
- ensuring that agricultural policies, programmes and investments help improve nutrition – for example by helping African countries to integrate nutrition into their National Food Security and Agriculture Investment Plans (NAFSIPs);
- providing guidance on implementing the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security; and
- expanding the use of effective approaches for sustainable crop production.
4. Developing Capacity
The programme aims not only at strengthening individuals’ skills, but also at developing capacity in regional and national organizations. Examples of programme activities with a strong capacity development focus include:
- delivering face-to-face and online learning programmes on food security, nutrition and communications; and
- improving the performance of producer organizations (PO) by encouraging policy dialogue, promoting gender equality and developing management skills.