Topic 3 – How to make the FSIN work for you?

03.09.2012 - 06.10.2012

Innovative multi-stakeholder food security information networks, such as the Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition (SETSAN) in Mozambique, the Institutional capacity development program on Food Security Information for Action in South Sudan (SIFSIA) and the Kenya Food Security Steering Group (KFSSG), have demonstrated how community food security information capacities can be mobilized and employed by governments to serve crisis prevention, response and food security policy. The 2009 FAO-WFP joint thematic evaluation on Information Systems for Food Security concluded that such multi-stakeholder networks are a successful and lower cost approach to more sustainable food security information capacity and institution building.

The community of practice that FSIN intends to construct will be built on national and regional level networks and platforms. FSIN will support national and regional level networks where they exist, or facilitate their establishment, where needed.

Through its website FSIN will bring together information from different global food and nutrition security information systems and initiatives. It will also provide links to national and regional level food and nutrition security information networks and platforms. Besides, the website will be a venue for discussion on relevant issues and sharing of best practices. Regular email newsletters will keep members informed of developments.

We would like you to respond in particular to the following questions:

  • Do you already belong to a food and nutrition security information network at country/regional levels? Which one(s)?
  • How do you think FSIN can best support existing food and nutrition security information networks at country and regional level?
  • Where they don’t exist yet, how can FSIN best facilitate the creation of national and regional level networks?
  • How can the FSIN website, and other communication means, support national and regional level networks? How should it coordinate with existing global initiatives?

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