Governance Tools

The introduction of a new governance for food and nutritional security appears as a crucial stake to trigger a reflection, understand how the public and private actors of the local food system work together, discuss, take decisions and are organized to reach the fixed goals, how they oppose each other, what are the stakes and interests they defend and why.

The axis of intervention on local food governance is thus cross-cutting: it contributes to the four pillars of food security by creating favourable conditions for the implementation of structuring projects and corresponding investments.

Towards a territorial governance for development

Food governance contains multiple aspects, from production, land securing, market regulation but also citizen participation, transparency and accountability. The governance tools that the F4F program implements enable to ensure the durability of investments, but also the methods, techniques, organisations and mechanisms to provide the benefits expected by the local populations in a sustainable way. This performance is based around key criteria such as:

  • Strengthening the technical and management capacities of rural populations, local governments and their basic associative structures so as they can better respond to the prime needs in matters of social and economic infrastructures;
  • The short-term establishment of direct transfer mechanisms to the local communities of the necessary financial resources to their development and the setting up, on a longer-term, of arrangements enabling them to mobilize themselves those resources;
  • The establishment of operational frameworks for dialogue, decision making, monitoring-evaluation, linking all the actors of decentralized rural development;
  • The implementation of management tools for the land in order to secure the investments;
  • The establishment of participative arrangements for the improvement of transparency in the management of local development.

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