What is the global governance of food security?

There is no internationally accepted definition for the global governance of food security. However, it refers to actions which happen at the global level including:

  • creating and exchanging food security information;
  • setting standards and actively promoting the knowledge required to achieve food security goals;
  • ensuring coherence between food security strategies, policies, rules and regulations;
  • providing technical assistance and setting up food security projects and programmes that cut across borders;
  • coordinating international assistance during crisis, disasters and food security emergencies.

How the programme promotes governance

Governance is a cross-cutting theme of the programme, which it promotes by increasing:


  • by inviting diverse groups of stakeholders, including civil society organizations and producer organizations, to take part in training, fora and consultations right from the start of the programme. 

Equity and non-discrimination

  • by including diverse voices and viewpoints, including those of vulnerable and marginalized groups; and
  • by ensuring that programme outcomes and outputs reflect the needs of both men and women, and different age groups.  


  • by providing partners with tools for monitoring and evaluating the programme, as well as assessing the impact of food security programmes in general;
  • by ensuring that baselines and targets use smart indicators (and when feasible include indicators that refer to marginalized groups) and gender-disaggregated data; and
  • by promoting the rule of law and transparency when implementing the programme.

The programme is funded by
the European Union (EU),
and implemented by the
Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations



in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)