Food Security

Global Network

Against Food Crisis

The Global Network Against Food Crises was co-founded by the European Union, FAO and WFP at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in response to the call for new approaches to tackle protracted crises and recurrent disasters, reduce vulnerability and better manage risks by bridging the divide between development, humanitarian and conflict-preventing action. The latter is often referred to as the humanitarian–development–peace (HDP) nexus.

The Global Network brings together partners from across the spectrum of interventions to tackle food crises, incorporating humanitarian and development actions and linking to other sectors, such as education, health, the environment and peace. It aims to develop evidence-based approaches, build capacities and provide knowledge to more effectively prevent, prepare for and respond to food crises, ultimately contributing to longer-term recovery, development and resilience-building efforts.

UNDP's Strategic Plan (2018-2021) has been designed to be responsive to the wide diversity of the countries we serve.

The Global Network addresses the multiple facets of food crises that cannot be successfully tackled by individual actors working under their own specific mandates.

It facilitates a fundamental change in the way international and local actors interact and promotes a holistic approach to address food crises worldwide.

Partners in the Global Network work together and achieve results at national, regional and global level in three key areas:

• Evidence-based analyses of food crisis risks and of people’s resilience to various shocks; knowledge management and communication monitoring, evaluation and learning.

• Strategic investments for addressing and preventing food crises.

• Build resilience to shocks and crises

• Synergies and coordination with other sectors to address the full spectrum of humanitarian, development and peace-building needs.

This aims to deliver a more inclusive, equitable, resilient and sustainable set of context-specific responses and solutions.Within the Global Network’s framework and approach, the Food Security Information Network (FSIN) facilitates the consensus-building process around food security and nutrition analyses, and ensures a constant flow of information and exchange between stakeholders at country, regional and global level around food security and nutrition analysis.


The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.

Our goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. We believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.

FAO achievements at a glance:

• Eradicated the deadly livestock viral disease, rinderpest

• Created international standards, Codex Alimentarius, to ensure safe, good food for everyone

• Eliminated human ‘river blindness’ in 11 West African countries

• Maintains the world’s largest and most comprehensive statistical database on food and agriculture

• Created and led adoption of the first ever binding international accord to combat illegal fishing, the Port State Measures Agreement

• Produced globally-agreed upon guidelines on tenure rights to ensure equitable access to land, fisheries and forests

• Helped halve the number of hungry in Latin America and the Caribbean

• Promoted the Right to Food as a human right guaranteed in constitutions and frameworks of over 30 countries.


Assisting almost 100 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.

On any given day, WFP has 5,600 trucks, 30 ships and nearly 100 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need. Every year, we distribute more than 15 billion rations at an estimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.61. These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as an emergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments.

WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations. Two-thirds of our work is in conflict-affected countries where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in countries without conflict.

In emergencies, WFP is often first on the scene, providing food assistance to the victims of war, civil conflict, drought, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, crop failures and natural disasters. When the emergency subsides, WFP helps communities rebuild shattered lives and livelihoods. We also work to strengthen the resilience of people and communities affected by protracted crises by applying a development lens in our humanitarian response.

WFP development projects focus on nutrition, especially for mothers and children, addressing malnutrition from the earliest stages through programmes targeting the first 1,000 days from conception to a child’s second birthday, and later through school meals.

WFP is the largest humanitarian organisation implementing school feeding programmes worldwide and has been doing so for over 50 years. Each year, WFP provides school meals more than 16 million children in 60 countries, often in the hardest-to-reach areas.

In 2018, WFP purchased 3.6 million metric tons of food. At least three quarters of it comes from developing countries. By buying food as close as possible to where it is needed, we can save time and money on transport costs, and help sustain local economies. Increasingly, WFP meets people’s food needs through cash-based transfers that allow the people we serve to choose and shop for their own food locally.

WFP also provides services to the entire humanitarian community, including passenger air transportation through the UN Humanitarian Air Service, which flies to more than 280 locations worldwide.

Funded entirely by voluntary donations, in 2018 WFP raised a record US$7.2 billion. WFP has more than 17,000 staff worldwide of whom over 90 percent are based in the countries where the agency provides assistance.

WFP is governed by a 36-member Executive Board. It works closely with its two Rome-based sister organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. WFP partners with more than 1,000 national and international NGOs to provide food assistance and tackle the underlying causes of hunger.