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Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)









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    Global Action Programme on Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States 2017
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    Although significant diversity exists across Small Island Developing States (SIDS), they share common characteristics that make them uniquely vulnerable to food insecurity, and have contributed to the majority of SIDS facing a “triple burden” of malnutrition in which persistent levels of undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, coexist with an increasing incidence of overweight and obesity. Responding to the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway’s call to address these chal lenges, this Global Action Programme on Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States (GAP) aims to accelerate action on food security and nutrition to support the sustainable development of SIDS. Developed under the leadership of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Sma ll Island Developing States, the GAP is intended as a tangible contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Aligned with existing strategies, the GAP provides a framework for SIDS - both as individual nations and as a group – to identify and implement priority actions at global, regional, national and community levels in a coherent, coordinated and collaborative way to achieve their food security and nutrition objectives. Through the GAP, these actions have the potential to signi ficantly improve nutrition and well-being, reduce poverty and inequalities, and foster economic growth in SIDS for present and future generations.
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    Improving Food Security for Vulnerable Communities in Small Island Developing States through Improved Anticipation and Management of Climate Risks - GCP/GLO/726/ITA 2021
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    Small Island Developing States (SIDS) share a range of economic and sustainable development challenges, including low availability of resources, small but rapidly growing populations, remoteness and a susceptibility to weather and climate extremes. The effects of climate change, in particular, such as increasing temperature and rainfall variability, greater frequency of extreme weather events and a rise in sea levels, are expected to affect human health and safety, agricultural production and, ultimately, food security. The project aimed to advance the integration of agricultural sectors into national climate change priorities, in particular the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), in an effort to ensure sustainable and resilient domestic food production and food security and nutrition for the most vulnerable communities, including women and young people. In particular, the project worked towards improving the capacities of the target countries to ( i ) use analytical techniques to assess risks, vulnerabilities and impacts of climate change in the agricultural sectors and (ii) create enabling policy environments to mainstream climate change, resilience and food security concerns and to undertake climate actions.
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    Accelerating Action on Food Security and Nutrition in Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 2018
    The Global Action Programme (GAP) on Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) was launched in July 2017 with the aim of accelerating action on food security and nutrition to support the sustainable development of SIDS. Realizing the benefits of the GAP at the community level requires tailoring the Programme to the specific social, cultural and technological characteristics of individual countries in the various SIDS regions. Accordingly, a ‘Regional Framework for Accelerating Action on Food Security and Nutrition in Pacific SIDS’ (Pacific Framework) is under development and FAO will deliver its contribution to the Pacific Framework through the Inter-Regional Initiative (IRI) on SIDS. The IRI includes a cross-regional component to promote south-south cooperation, partnerships and experience sharing, as well as components designed to address the specificities and requirements of the three SIDS regions. This paper further presents the approach to developing the Pacific components of the GAP and IRI, and outlines initial FAO activities under the IRI up to December 2018. Ministers are invited to provide guidance on preferred priority actions as proposed under the Pacific Framework and the Inter-Regional Initiative as mechanisms through which FAO will deliver its contribution to the implementation of the GAP in the Pacific SIDS region. At the 11 November 2017 Informal Dialogue Meeting between the FAO Director-General and the leaders of the Pacific Islands region, at FAO headquarters, Pacific Leaders called for an expanded partnership between FAO and the Pacific Islands Forum, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries. In this regard, Members are also invited to provide guidance to the Secretariat on how mainstreaming / integrating the GAP into key Pacific regional fora can be accelerated and what priority actions are to be taken by FAO towards enhancing collaboration and partnerships with traditional and new partners for improving food security and nutrition in the Pacific SIDS region.

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