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Use and application of the CFS Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises

A global thematic event (GTE)  is planned to be organized during the October 2020 Plenary Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) to share experiences and good practices in the use and application of the CFS Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises (CFS-FFA).

The Committee on World Food Security requests stakeholders to share their experiences and good practices in applying the CFS-FFA to inform the GTE. 

The current call, issued through the Global Food Security and Nutrition Forum, invites stakeholders to share experiences and good practices in applying the CFS-FFA by 31 March 2020.

[For information, a call for inputs was issued in February 2019 to invite stakeholders to share the results of multistakeholder events organized at national, regional and global levels to discuss their experiences and good practices in applying the CFS-FFA. This call will also close on 31 March 2020. For additional information on this call, please contact CFS@fao.org]

The CFS-FFA draws on the outcomes of the CFS-mandated High-Level Expert Forum on Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises held in September 2012 and was endorsed by CFS in October 2015 (CFS 2015/42/4). The CFS-FFA is a short document intended for all stakeholders who may have a role in improving or influencing food security and nutrition in protracted crises. The objective of this document is to improve the food security and nutrition of populations affected by, or at risk of, protracted crises by addressing critical manifestations and building resilience, adapting to specific challenges and contributing to addressing underlying causes.

The CFS-FFA strives to strengthen policy coherence in line with the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security, by fostering the coordination of policies and actions taken in the fields of humanitarian assistance, development and human rights.

The CFS-FFA acknowledges the limitations of many existing policies and actions and presents Principles to improve food security and nutrition in situations of protracted crises. The interpretation and application of these Principles should be customized to the particular contexts and the specific needs of all affected and at risk populations and people living in vulnerable situations.

The implementation of the CFS-FFA is primarily the responsibility of States who are encouraged, with the contribution of all stakeholders, to apply the Framework in developing their strategies, policies, programmes and legislation for achieving food security and nutrition objectives. The Framework seeks to mobilize high-level political commitment and promote coordinated multi-stakeholder processes, including the review of progress and sharing of lessons learned, to inform policies and actions aimed at preventing, mitigating and responding to protracted crises and promoting early recovery from food insecurity and malnutrition in protracted crises.

The GTE will enable an interactive multistakeholder dialogue based on the experiences and good practices documented by stakeholders. The objective of the GTE is to share experiences and good practices, and take stock of the use and application of the FFA. In particular:

  • Foster the adoption, adaptation and scaling up of good practices and learning from experiences in implementing the CFS-FFA;
  • Monitor progress (qualitatively and quantitatively) in implementing the CFS-FFA at national, regional and global levels;
  • Draw lessons to improve the relevance and effectiveness of the CFS-FFA, including for the achievement of FSN national goals;
  • Increase awareness and understanding of CFS and CFS products.

Approach

CFS has consistently encouraged stakeholders to share their experiences and good practices on a voluntary basis in applying CFS policy products.

In identifying and documenting good practices, please consider the values promoted by CFS, as applicable: 

  • Inclusiveness and participation:  all relevant actors were involved and participated in the decisionmaking process, including those affected by the decisions;
  • Evidencebased analysis: the effectiveness of the practice in contributing to the objectives of the Framework was analyzed on the basis of independent evidence;
  • Environmental, economic and social sustainability: the practice contributed to achieving its objectives, without compromising the ability of addressing future needs;
  • Gender Equality: the practice promoted equal rights and participation of women and men and addressed gender inequalities;
  • Focus on the most vulnerable and marginalized people and groups: the practice benefitted the most vulnerable and marginalized people and groups;
  • Multisectoral approach: all main relevant sectors were consulted and involved in the implementation of the CFSFFA;
  • Resilience of livelihoods: the practice contributed to building resilient livelihoods of households and communities to shocks and crises, including those related to climate change.

The inputs received from the two calls will contribute to monitoring progress on the use and application of the CFS-FFA, both from a qualitative and quantitative perspective. All inputs will be compiled in a document made available for delegates at CFS 47 in October 2020.

Submissions should be sent to the CFS Secretariat (CFS@fao.org) by 31 March 2020. Submissions can be made in any of the UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish). Submissions should be strictly limited to 1,000 Words.