World Food Day: "Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis" : UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras
World Food Day: "Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis" : UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Lead agencies: FAO, IFAD, United Nations and WFP
Cooperating agencies: All relevant agencies with large field presence in vulnerable countries

Overview

The Food Security Initiative builds on the work of the Secretary-General’s High-level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis, established by CEB in April 2008, and, specifically upon the Comprehensive Framework for Action. The work of the Task Force has been retuned to take account of the aspects of the crisis that directly impinged on food security. It articulates a series of outcomes required to address the global food crisis and introduce greater food and nutrition security globally, within the broad framework of “the right to food”.

The seven action points under this initiative reflect the ongoing work of the Task Force and its members as well as the provisions of the Comprehensive Framework for Action and include:

  • Food assistance, including safety nets;
  • Nutrition programmes for children, mothers and vulnerable populations;
  • Social protection systems for vulnerable populations;
  • Smallholder farmer food productivity, with a primary focus on women farmers;
  • Agricultural sector development, infrastructure and trade and tax policies;
  • Information and monitoring systems; and
  • Advocacy for sufficient, sustained and predictable funding and sustained investments.