Ensuring food security in countries experiencing protracted crises is one of the greatest challenges the international community is currently facing. This underpins the CFS launching a two-year consultative process to develop an Agenda for Action to address food insecurity in protracted crises, of which this online discussion is a part.
This e-discussion explored efforts to ensure food security, sovereignty and nutritional needs through human rights-based approaches in protracted crises. It sought to identify suggestions for the Agenda for Action for Addressing Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises, to be considered by the CFS in 2014.
The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) launched a two-year consultative process to develop an Agenda for Action to address food insecurity in protracted crises. This e-discussion is one of a series exploring critical topics on how we can improve food security in protracted crisis situations.
Let’s hear your voice on how to build resilience in protracted crises - this is your opportunity to tell us about actions, principles, recommendations and good practices.
Protracted crises are neither a series of one-off short-lived phenomena, and nor are they temporary interruptions from which countries easily return to a path towards longer-term development. Rather they represent ongoing and fundamental threats to both lives and livelihoods, from which recovery may become progressively more difficult over time.
A number of limitations and constraints to engaging effectively in protracted crises can be identified, including conceptual, institutional and programmatic barriers. Does this include limitations due to funding streams?
Flexible, multi-year, sophisticated responses are required, yet funding for such programmes is rarely available. Constraints no doubt include donors’ lack of long-term commitment, but also a rigid development/humanitarian approach that doesn’t fit the reality, or an unwillingness to take risks.
In December 2010, following the publication of FAO’s State of Food Insecurity Report (SOFI) 2010, the FSN Forum hosted a discussion on “From repeated crisis to long-term food security”, which examined the barriers to effective programming in protracted crises.
Though covering a broader subject, this previous discussion provides some useful background and context to the present discussion on funding mechanisms and protracted crises, in which a multitude of possible causes for this failure were identified and discussed in detail by participants from over 40 countries, evenly spread among Africa, America, Asia and Europe.