The FSN Forum is a worldwide community of experts and practitioners on Food Security and Nutrition issues and organizes online discussions to exchange knowledge and to inform the global dialogue and decision-making processes.
With over 4500 Members from 170 countries and territories, the FSN Forum allows stakeholders such as academics, researchers, development practitioners and experts from governments, civil society and private sector to actively participate in the debate on topics of the global Food Security and Nutrition agenda and to provide constructive feedback along several policy formulation processes.
Knowledge and innovative thinking on Food Security and Nutrition are only effective when they are shared, leveraged and made available to a large community of people. Practitioners and experts from all around the world need to be given the chance to take part in policy making processes to have a impact in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.
The FSN Forum aims at achieving this vision by:
The FSN Forum was launched in 2007 by FAO’s Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) as a means to improve dialogue with the academic community and with FAO country offices.
The Forum’s range of activities evolved over the years, bringing with it strong and steady increases in both the number and diversity of members, and in the visibility and impact of discussions.
In 2010, the Forum took a new direction with a structured strategy addressing five aspects: content, communication, membership, funding and infrastructure. As a result, it received an award from the FAO Innovation Fund, which made possible the involvement of high-level facilitators and generally increased the level and quality of activities.
Thanks to increased recognition both within and outside FAO, during 2011 the FSN Forum has strengthened its role as a channel of communication between practitioners and policy makers by organizing open and inclusive online consultations on behalf of the HLPE of the CFS and the CFS Secretariat. Furthermore, the FSN Forum has been supporting a series of targeted, thematic and regional online consultations in order to improve the impact of individuals and of the civil society on food security policy making. And lastly, by linking online discussions to FAO publications, news and events, the Forum has been instrumental in supporting overall outreach and promotion on global food security and nutrition issues.