The Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction Programme seeks to concretely improve the way in which the global community works together to eradicate hunger and malnutrition. It thus aims at:
- helping to ensure more coordinated food security and nutrition governance at all levels (e.g. by supporting processes such as the CFS or the SUN Movement);
- increasing the availability of high quality information for evidence-based policy making;
- supporting the development and implementation of coherent policies and programmes; and
- developing capacity at all levels.
The four-year programme (2012-2015) is funded by the European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and implemented by FAO in close collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
EU and FAO Priorities
The EU is both a resource and technical partner of the programme, which is closely aligned with the EU’s current priorities for food security and nutrition, such as raising awareness of the importance of resilience and linking nutrition more closely to food security and agriculture.
The programme is fully embedded in the new FAO strategic framework, and has pioneered a different way of working across divisions within FAO. It is primarily contributing to three of the five FAO Strategic Objectives (SOs):
A Mid-term Evaluation (MTE), conducted at the end of 2013, recognized the strong added value of the programme over and beyond the regular business of FAO; in particular, it stressed that the Programme is:
- enabling innovative developments, e.g. promoting global community of practice like the Food Security Information Network (FSIN), developing learning programmes for regional organizations;
- enabling technical leadership, e.g. in areas of work including food security and nutrition statistics, resilience measurement, nutrition-sensitive agriculture;
- acting as a catalyst for change, bringing different work streams / on-going opportunities together, therefore avoiding duplication (e.g. FSIN, IPC, Resilience Analysis Unit, CAADP Nutrition – with SUN, REACH…); and
- contributing to building strategic and effective partnerships at all levels, with and beyond the RBAS, as well as strong engagement with regional organizations (NEPAD, IGAD, CILSS, COMESA, etc.).