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FAO's role in humanitarian contexts

Saving lives through stronger, more resilient livelihoods - Revised version










FAO. 2020. FAO's role in humanitarian contexts – Saving lives through stronger, more resilient livelihoods. Rome.



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    After decades of progress, hunger is on the rise again. The figures from The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017 report show an increase in the absolute number of people affected by chronic hunger and a rise in the global prevalence of undernourishment. Globally, the number of chronically malnourished people is estimated to have increased to 815 million from 777 million in 2015. In 2017, four countries faced a very real threat of famine and many more saw increasing numbers of people facing severe hunger. Protecting livelihoods by providing emergency agricultural assistance from the onset of a crisis is crucial to save lives, while enabling people to produce food and earn an income. Rapid and efficient response to agricultural threats and emergencies saves lives, promotes recovery and reduces the gap between dependency on food assistance and self-reliance. FAO helps people to: • anticipate, prepare for and prevent crises • respond quickly and effectively when disaster does strike • invest in stronger recovery and resilient livelihoods
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    FAO in the 2019 humanitarian appeals
    Revised edition
    2019
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    The number of people facing severe hunger in the world continues to rise. Conflict and extreme climate events remain the main drivers behind severe food crises. Often occurring simultaneously, all dimensions of food security – food availability, access and utilization – are further undermined. Agriculture – the main source of livelihood for the majority of crisis affected populations – plays a crucial role in fighting hunger. Investing in agricultural support from the onset of a crisis saves lives and enables families trapped by fighting or living in remote areas to rapidly resume local food production and earn an income. In 2019, FAO’s response will continue to be scaled up to strengthen the resilience and adaptive capacities of people’s livelihoods and food systems. This will help to address the root causes of increased food insecurity and malnutrition, particularly of those most exposed and vulnerable to shocks. FAO requires USD 940 million to assist 32 million people in 2019.
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    Building stronger partnerships for resilience
    Opportunities for greater FAO engagement in realizing the goals of the DFID Humanitarian Policy
    2018
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    After decades of progress, hunger - both acute and chronic - is on the rise again. In 2017, a massive humanitarian effort helped to contain famine in South Sudan and avert famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Despite this, the number of people on the brink of severe hunger continues to rise. Recognizing that humanitarian assistance alone cannot sufficiently address the growing number of people on the verge of catastrophe, FAO's humanitarian interventions are embedded in resilience building efforts that seek to tackle the root causes of vulnerabilities while meeting the immediate needs of affected communities. In 2017, DFID released a new Humanitarian Reform Policy, outlining how DFID plans to "build a more secure and prosperous world" through its humanitarian work. This FAO-DFID partnership document has been developed in response to this in order to guide and strengthen the partnership between FAO and the United Kingdom's Department for International Development to address acute hunger and build the resilience of agriculture-based livelihoods in the face of crisis. It is envisaged that this document will be updated regularly based on the outcomes of the annual FAO-DFID strategic dialogue.

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