The Global Alliance for Food Security (GAFS), jointly launched by the German G7 Presidency and the World Bank, released on 09.11.2022 - live from COP27 - the Global Food and Nutrition Security Dashboard - a crisis response tool to rapidly coordinate global action on food security.
Since mid 2018 Sebastian Lesch has been head of the Agriculture Department of the BMZ, which is responsible for a wide range of topics from agricultural trade and global agricultural supply chains such as soya, palm oil, cocoa or coffee, for the Common European Agricultural Policy to concrete innovation in our project work with a wide range of partners worldwide.
Dirk Meyer is the Head of Directorate‐General 1 'Global health, employment, transformation of the economy, digital technologies, food and nutrition security' at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
The Global Food and Nutrition Security Dashboard is the core element of the Global Alliance for Food Security (GAFS) and is based on the GAFS structure along the "three A's":
Under "Advice", a wide range of indicators on food and nutrition security are presented at global, national and partly sub-national level.
Under "Action", the financial resources made available are presented, among other things via OCHA's Financial Tracking Service and data from the International Aid Transparency Initiative.
"Advance" presents forward-looking research and analyses on food security policies and programs for long-term resilience building, e.g. from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
'The dashboard and the way we developed it is an example of the strength and innovative power we have when we join forces globally. This was possible thanks to the excellent collaboration between many organizations, partner countries, and the World Bank.'
... says Federal Development Minister Svenja Schulze. The new crisis response tool brings together high-quality, timely and transparent data on global and national food insecurity in a bundled form in one central location to reduce transaction costs, increase transparency and facilitate data analysis.
In addition, the new information platform also maps concrete funding for food security in recipient countries to trigger coordinated crisis responses to the immediate food crisis and support decision-makers in developing effective policies for sustainable resilience-building of agricultural and food systems. The dashboard also helps to promote forward-looking research and make its results widely accessible. This applies, for example, to findings in the areas of early warning systems in order to be better prepared against future price and supply shocks for fertilizers, to improve the effectiveness assessment of programs and policies, and to strengthen national agricultural research and innovation systems. Federal Development Minister Schulze on this: 'The preparation of the data, the design and the user-friendliness make the dashboard a crucial tool.'
'We want not only to overcome the current crisis, but also to make our global agricultural and food systems more resilient to future crises. The Global Food and Nutrition Security Dashboard is an important step towards improved agri-food systems.'
... World Bank President David Malpass says.
Under the auspices of the United Nations Global Crisis Response Group (UNGRCG), the Alliance is working on five pillars that are critical to achieving global food security:
Working closely with the EU on "Solidarity Lanes" to support Ukraine in exporting agricultural products,
Preventing further hunger through humanitarian action, country needs assessments and social safety nets,
Promoting sustainable agricultural production,
Providing agricultural market information, especially on trade, fertilizers, and seeds,
Developing an interactive map to consolidate and present data, track financial resources, and share research results. The Global Food and Nutrition Security Dashboard translates latter priority into reality.
The next step is to start Food Security Country-level Dialogues. Together with the UNGRCG, key regional and national actors will be brought together in an agile format to identify funding gaps, coordinate instruments, and respond to local food crises according to specific situation and needs. The collected knowledge will then be integrated into the Food and Nutrition Security Dashboard. During the fifth and last GAFS steering group meeting in 2022, that took place on December 14 with over 80 high-level participants, the great and continuing need for coordination and exchange became clear once again. Therefore, BMZ committed to continue its intensive involvement in the alliance beyond the end of the German G7 presidency. For 2023 for example, country-level dialogues will be set-up to develop response plans to the acute food crisis as well as joint approaches to the long-term transformation of the agri-food systems to increase resilience in our partner countries.
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