Food security and nutrition programme for Kyrgyzstan in action. How to implement policy in the most efficient way?
The online consultation “Food security and nutrition programme for Kyrgyzstan in action. How to implement policy in the most efficient way?” is initiated by the FAO Representative Office in Kyrgyzstan and FAO’s Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) with the South-South Cooperation funding.
This consultation aims to involve stakeholders into an inclusive dialogue on how to support the successful application of the Food Security and Nutrition Program (FSNP) of the Kyrgyz Republic, which was adopted in September 2015. The comprehensive program with the Action Plan for the period 2015-2017 closely links food security and nutrition issues with the sustainable development policy of the country and is a result of a consultative process and participatory approach among various stakeholders supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).
This online consultation also embodies the commitment towards using innovative participatory mechanisms to involve stakeholders continuously along the different phases of the programme.
The successful implementation of the FSNP is an important issue for Kyrgyzstan as the country still remains vulnerable to global economic shocks, volatility in international food and commodity prices and weather shocks that negatively affect country’s economy and the food security situation in general. In addition, the country is dependent on food imports (cereals, oils, meat) and remittance incomes.
The current status of the FSNP implementation is not in line with the Action Plan due to a number of issues identified as follows:
- significant gaps between required and available funding;
- barriers in the translation of policies to action;
- capacity development on the implementation of FSNP are still lacking; and
- role of the private sector and civil society organizations is not clearly defined.
In this light, a Road Map for the FSNP may help provide the implementation with a clearly defined timeline while at the same time increasing the transparency and accountability to the public.
We encourage stakeholders from Kyrgyzstan from the public and private sectors, academia, civil societies, international community and developing programs, whose activities and interests lay in the field of food security, nutrition, agriculture, use of natural resources and social protection, to share their views. Participants from other countries in the region and beyond are also very much welcome to share their experience.
We would like to have your opinion on the following questions:
Policy: The Food Security and Nutrition Program of Kyrgyzstan was designed for a three-year period. What timeline should be planned in the future in order to address a complexity of food security and nutrition issues? What can help increase the program’s impact: setting short-term goals; conducting assessments, surveys and /or revisions in an annual manner?
Funding: The scarcity or lack of funding is one of the main constraints. Could you suggest new sources for funding that may help covering financial gaps in the current and future phases of the FSNP? What are the possibilities of allocating more funds for the FSNP in the state budgets? What fund raising modalities should be used, including contributions from the private sector, academia and civil society organizations?
Role of Stakeholders: The implementation process of the FSNP requires an inclusive and participatory approach of various governmental and non-governmental actors. Which institution should be responsible for the overall deliveries of the FSNP? How can the Government engage the private sector and civil society in order to achieve the complex objectives of the FSNP? Who are other stakeholders to be engaged in the implementation process?
Capacity Development: Capacity development plays a crucial role in the efficiency of the FSNP implementation. What kind of coordinated approach is required between different government and non-government agencies for capacity development? Would you like to suggest some topics, relevant to FSNP, on which you can benefit from training? Would you recommend local institutions or development projects who have relevant skills and capacities to provide such trainings?
Road Map: The Road Map meant to visualize the FSNP implementation process, including the main actors. What would you suggest to improve in the Road Map in order to highlight the main financial gaps and define the role of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders? What principles should be followed in order to prioritize certain tasks over others? Any other activities would you advise to be added to the future plan of the FSNP?
The results of the online consultation will be analysed and recommendations will be presented to the Food Security Council in Kyrgyzstan for further FSNP implementation and the development of the next steps of the Program beyond 2017.
We are looking forward to interesting and fruitful discussion!
Associate Professor in Economics, School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi, India
Senior Research Fellow, University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan
Food Security specialist, FAO, Kyrgyzstan