​The Finance for Food program supports

Governments and Communities

to identify investment needs for local food systems

​The F4F program supports

Strategic Local investments

through advisory services via assistance and capacity building

​The F4F program encourages

Cooperation and Communication

by sharing experiences among partners

About Finance for Food (F4F)

The Challenge

Achieving Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) is a significant challenge for the developing world and critical to alleviating poverty.

Regional disparities have remained strong, but progress has not been made enough, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. The main challenges in many LDCs are:

i) the lack of capacities of local governments to integrate FSN concerns into planning and budgeting cycles,

ii) the absence of inter-governmental transfer systems to fulfill this purpose,

iii) the lack of financing mechanisms to increase public and private FSN investments.

How We Are Helping?

Over the past few decades, UNCDF has developed tools and instruments to strengthen the role of local government and unlock the domestic capital - public and private - for local economic development. These instruments help mobilize and leverage resources for investments in infrastructure, basic services delivery and entrepreneurship by emphasizing the transformative impact. Based on this receptacle, F4F promotes the locally-nurtured pipelines of investable projects and public investments with an impact on the Local Food System (LFS). The programme addresses the issues on the lack of: i) the access to basic services, ii) public and private finance, iii) skills and coordination of FSN at the local level. It shall provide solutions for local FSN in Africa and Asia, increasing gender-sensitive public, public-private and community investments in order to fill missing links in the LFS. Overall, the F4F promotes soft and hard transformative FSN investments that retain value within the local space for sustainable economic growth in the LDCs.

What We Will Do Next?

To achieve effective food security interventions coordinated and facilitated through the Local Governments in LDCs, the F4F aims to: i) strengthen the capacity of Local Governments to be able to assess the Local Food Systems and identify priorities of interventions, ii) support integration of relevant food security interventions based on the FSN pathways, in the Local Development Plans including design, implementation and monitor system, iii) to set a complete menu of financing mechanisms (Local Development Fund and Structured Project Finance) and investments by providing strategic financing in the form of grants, loans, guarantees, equity, and/or quasi-equity, as well as advisory services and capacity building support made available at local level and iv) to promote territorial and LFS approach within food security communities of practice as well as wider development community.

F4F and the SDGs

Around 42 percent of the world population lives off agriculture. This percentage can reach 60 percent to 70 percent in the poorest countries. 56 percent of malnourished people are farmers which represent today 477 million people. In these conditions, the challenges are of multiple levels: the reduction of arable land (cropland), progressive disappearance of the forest cover, diminishment of the average size of farms, and other concerns.

In the perspective of a better consideration of food security, the F4F programme brings a significant contribution to resolve the challenges that could not be solved during the previous period and relies on mobilizing the private sector in stimulating the economic growth of the LDCs.

Based on the funding of small and medium sized infrastructure projects, F4F contributes to the development of local economies. Such financial exclusion hinders the development of Asia’s most abundant resource, its young labour force, since poor families cannot afford to keep their children in school.

F4F by the Numbers (2017)

Local Food

Local Economy



Local Government



Food Security & Nutrition

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