The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have launched an online public consultation to obtain input on how the UN agencies can collaborate in key areas in the coming years.

The consultation, according to the agencies, will feed into the operationalisation of FAO’s 2022–2031 strategic framework and the preparation of WFP’s 2022–2026 strategic plan.

They noted that the platform provides a space to hear from partners on concrete ways to accelerate the achievement of shared goals and common approaches towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Development Diaries understands that this consultation is open to people and groups, including civil society organisations, the private sector and research bodies, that wish to have their voices heard.

FAO and WFP had raised concerns in March 2021 that more than 174 million people in the world needed urgent food assistance.

The UN food agencies, in a report, warned that acute hunger was set to soar in over 20 countries in the coming months without urgent and scaled-up assistance.

Top on the list of countries that face catastrophic levels of acute hunger include South Sudan and Nigeria, according to the Hunger Hotspots report.

Other countries identified by the report as amongst the worst hunger hotspots are Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Sudan and Syria.

In conflict-hit northern Nigeria, projections for the June-August lean season show that the number of people in emergency level of acute food insecurity is likely to rise to over 1.2 million.

Also, over seven million people across South Sudan are projected to fall into crisis or worse levels of acute food insecurity, including over 100,000 at catastrophe level.

‘FAO’s Strategic Framework 2022–2031, which will be submitted to the FAO Conference 2021 for approval, seeks to support the 2030 Agenda through the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind’, the UN agencies said in a statement.

‘WFP is also developing its Strategic Plan 2022–2026, which will describe the impact pathways through which WFP is expected to save and change lives in the next five years, and improve WFP’s accountability towards implementation of and contribution to the SDGs’.

The public consultation is designed to focus on five main themes in the context of transformation of food systems and hunger alleviation.

Source: FAO

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