Re: Addressing food insecurity in protracted crises: Resilience-building programming

Lieselot Germonprez Office of the Belgian permanent representation to FAO, Italy
03.07.2013

To let strategies of “resilience building programming” working efficiently, it is necessary that different actors work together closely, especially at the field-level, and go further than the classic “joint programming” where funds often get lost in coordination- and administration costs. The good cooperation, coupled with an effective early warning system, during the Somalia crisis in 2012 between FAO, WFP and UNICEF, where the agencies adjusted their objectives to one another, based on each others comparative advantage, showed how this can bring success in building resilience. It is thereby important that agencies address the root-causes from disasters taking into account all aspects, while it is also important that financing is predictable, flexible and timely.  

As already stated by the Swiss delegate, it is essential to have a robust M&E system in place, to measure the resilience strategies and draw lessons for the future and evaluate if we or on the right track to produce resilience.  

Furthermore, it is essential to involve the local communities / governments / civil society already in the preparation-phase of the resilience strategies, taking account of the existing social capital and the identity - as far as opportune - of the local population, to make the resilience strategies work most efficient.

Finally, the spreading out of innovative schemes regarding social protection (micro-finance and weather related insurance systems included) and other (building of food-reserves …) are to be fully exploited.