Strategic Alliances

Recent events have put the questions of food and nutritional security back at the core of the strategic issues of many countries. The stakes are at the same time political, economic, ecological, social and of public health.

The review of the different options and investment possibilities in food and nutritional security at the local level highlights the necessity for local and international actors to unite forces in order to implement and coordinate the necessary actions. The coordination between the actors supposes the harmonization of approaches, the alignment on national priorities and optimizing the complementary of the financial instruments of different institutions.

The F4F program is the product of a large consultation and gathers a cluster of key actors of food security for an innovative and efficient approach for the benefit of local communities. Its efficiency thus implies a smooth flow between all its components and a continuous, varied and renewed interaction between them. One of the objectives of the F4F program is to develop partnerships as much at the local and national level than at the international level. More than a necessity, the partnership is for UNCDF a fundamental option in the strategy of the fight against poverty to tackle food insecurity. These partnerships take various forms: institutional, operational, formal or not. They give projects a leverage effect as much in matters of funding investments, knowledge-sharing than for joint initiatives.

The UNCDF experience in matters of funding local development has shown that the flexibility of financial arrangements allows the valuing of the local partners’ expertise in the implementation of projects and the durability of investments. Given that the partnerships with UNCDF are built on common goals and rely on mutual trust between actors, these have the advantage of favouring an equitable distribution of responsibilities as well as regrouping human and financial resources under a single organisational structure, which makes is action more efficient.

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