FAO Liaison Office with the European Union and the Kingdom of Belgium

Exchanging views with the Council of the EU on humanitarian aid and food aid in light of UNFSS


Director of the FAO Office of Emergencies and Resilience Rein Paulsen and WFP Director of Programme of the Humanitarian and Development Division David Kaatrud joined a session of the Council of the EU Working Party on Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid (COHAFA) for an exchange of views on the upcoming United Nations’ Food System Summit (UNFSS).

Both agencies are engaged in Action Track 5 (Build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stress) at different levels with the goal of establishing the importance of resilient, shock-responsive, equitable, inclusive, nutritious and well-functioning food systems.

FAO and WFP embraced the potential of the Summit in raising awareness around the importance of food systems resilience when addressing food crises and referred to the role of the Global Network Against Food Crises as a multi stakeholder mechanismtowards that resilience. In addition, they welcomed the Summit as a key opportunity to seek better engagement and coordination of all stakeholders working to support humanitarian, development and peace-related outcomes, especially in fragile contexts.