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Strengthening the role of the UN agencies

There are potentially important gains to be made in strengthening the impact of UN agencies' programmes aimed at food security through improving interagency collaboration and setting more focused goals for assistance. The introduction of the UNDAF is an important first step towards this goal. However, there are already certain lessons that might be learned from the process:

The UN agencies also have an important role to play in mobilizing substantially increased resources for poverty reduction and food security programmes in the region. However, finding ways to raise the scale of external assistance to the levels required, without inducing further dependence, is one of the most complex issues confronting any initiative that might be catalysed by the UN.

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