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Strengthening of Tanzania Food and Nutrition Security Information System for Quality, Timely and Reliable Data - TCP/URT/3705









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    Food security and nutrition information systems to enhance resilience of rural households in Yemen
    Strengthening food security and acute malnutrition analysis for improved decision making
    2021
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    After more than five years of protracted conflict, Yemen continues to face an unprecedented humanitarian, social and economic crisis. Conflict, displacement and economic decline are placing immense pressure on essential basic services and the institutions that provide them. Humanitarian needs have sharply increased across all sectors since the escalation of the conflict in 2015, which has exacerbated pre-existing vulnerabilities, degraded community resilience and accelerated the collapse of public institutions. Due to the need for reliable and timely food security and nutrition information to inform decision-making at the national and governorate levels, FAO and the Yemeni Government, with support from the European Union (EU), implemented a comprehensive information system approach with two initial phases between 2013 and 2020. This promising practice brief focuses on the third phase of this programme called “Strengthening food security and nutrition information and early warning system” (2019-2021). It is a two-year EUR 5.9 million programme aimed at scaling up the geographic coverage of the food security and nutrition information systems (FSNIS) in Yemen. The programme addresses the main challenges associated with food security and nutrition information collection, analysis, and management systems in the country by supporting the setting up of a sustainable Food Security Technical Secretariat (FSTS) and food security and nutrition Governorate Focal Units (GFUs). The third phase focuses on expanding the program coverage from 12 governorates to all 22 governorates of Yemen.
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    Final evaluation of the Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction Programme 2016
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    This final evaluation (FE) of the Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction Programme (IGGHRP) fulfils two main purposes: (i) to ensure accountability towards the Programme Steering Committee and partners, and (ii) to share lessons learned for future EU/FAO/WFP/IFAD collaboration, FAO Strategic Planning and the diverse actors involved with the current programme. The programme was developed building on key lessons learned from previous and ongoing initiatives related to food security and n utrition, many of which were funded by the EU1. One main motivation on the part of the stakeholders was to move from a range of discrete projects to one larger and more strategic global programme aiming at improving food security and nutrition. The programme was to be embedded into FAO Strategic Framework, encouraging interdisciplinary work between divisions and strengthening linkages between FAO’s normative and operational work. This would allow for greater collaboration among the Rome-based ag encies and provide a platform for mainstreaming key cross-cutting issues such as gender and nutrition. The specific objective of the programme, in line with EU priorities and the FAO revised Strategic Framework (2010-2019)2, is “better coordinated and informed food security and nutrition governance at global, regional and national levels”. It is delivered through four interdependent Outcomes: • Outcome 1: Strengthen CFS functioning in accordance with its renewed mandate; • Outcome 2: Improve met hods, capacities and coordination for better information on food security and nutrition for decision-making • Outcome 3: Improve guidance, capacities and coordination for food security and nutrition policy and programme design and implementation • Outcome 4: Strengthen human and organizational capacities in the food security and nutrition domain
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    Evaluation of the Information on Nutrition, Food Security and Resilience for Decision Making (INFORMED) Programme
    Project code: GCP/INT/245/EC
    2021
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    The INFORMED programme, implemented by FAO from 2015 to 2019, was designed to contribute to “increasing the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises and contributing to the reduction of food insecurity and malnutrition”. The programme’s increased focused on Early Warning for Early Action (EWEA) was very relevant to fill existing gaps with a comparative advantage for FAO in slow onset and food chain crises contexts. Promoting the use of pre-agreed plans and pre-identified anticipatory actions, the project effectively improved risk analysis and decision making, including through the Global Report on Food Crises, and increased access to appropriate financing instruments, while the EWEA country toolkit initial positive spinoffs remain to be built on. Efforts to support resilience measurement and analyses by applying the resilience index measurement and analysis (RIMA) methodology are relevant given the significant investments in resilience programming and the continuing methodological gaps. However, although RIMA provides a basis for creating evidence on resilience investments, and FAO has been an important pioneer in resilience measurement, a wider system supporting resilience analysis is needed, based on a range of methodologies, responding to the information needs of decision-makers. Also, RIMA baseline lacks sufficient detail to allow articulating the feasibility of possible response options and have a practical impact on planning decisions; it has not demonstrated its added value over pre-existing food security, nutrition and risk indicators to help target interventions, and is not well adapted as an impact evaluation tool. Assessing INFORMED results against its intention to support knowledge production and sharing, to promote the replication of good practices and circular learning, the evaluation questioned the choice of creating a new knowledge management platform versus adopting a collaborative approach building on similar initiatives’ strengths. Poor strategic choices represented a fundamental constraint to reach intended objectives, such as, an insufficient understanding of users explaining the difficulty to trace the uptake and use of knowledge products. Nevertheless, the evaluation recognized the progressive investments in knowledge management and sizeable accomplishments of a relatively small team. The evaluation suggests strengthening capacities for the production and dissemination of forecast, scenario-based early warning as a basis for early action; developing a corporate strategy for partnering to strengthen early warning system capacities at various levels; promoting the use of a toolkit of approaches and investing in a knowledge management function dedicated to capturing and disseminating lessons on the effectiveness of EWEA and resilience interventions.

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