New platform for food security in crisis situations

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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) launched a platform for improving coordination of food security issues in crisis situations. The Food Security Cluster, under the joint leadership of FAO and WFP, has its headquarters in Rome and is supported by WFP, FAO, nongovernmental organizations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and other humanitarian organizations.

Food security clusters are already working to coordinate response in over 25 countries affected by major sudden-impact natural disasters, armed conflict, or prolonged crises. The newly established Cluster provides an international platform for supporting these food security initiatives in each country.

National food security clusters and their members will now be able to count on support in five crucial areas: tools and guidance on how to better coordinate response; assistance when there are shortages in human resources in severe emergency situations; capacity-building and training to improve skills and coordination; improved information and knowledge management; and strengthened and better coordinated advocacy on food security response both in countries affected by disasters and at the global level.

More information on the Food Security Cluster can be accessed at: www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/59813/icode

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