The integrated approach based on the Local Food Systems (LFS) relies on the greater power that local actors can have on food and nutritional security, if this is rooted at the local level. The F4F approach takes into account all the elements of the local system in which food products are cultivated, produced, treated, distributed and consumed in a given territory. It is a holistic approach which recognizes not only the large spectrum of stakeholders and the complexity of food systems, but which also considers the proximity factor as a pillar, thus securing a more sustainable action for the eradication of hunger and enhancing food and nutritional security.
The territorial approach can be the key to ensure food and nutritional security and strengthen community and household resilience to the food risks, through strategic investments. The F4F programme firmly believes that local governments, who represent the interests of the populations, are best suited to act in the framework of adapted national policies. Working through and with local communities and other partners such as farming organizations, civil societies and their private local sector, F4F promotes the funding of public projects which answer the specific needs of the populations.
From its territorial approach, the F4F programme boosts the local economy around the transformation and stimulation of the agricultural production and marketing by adapting to the involved actors, the local processes, the opportunities or threats that arise. In the end, this allows UNCDF to identify, along the range of strategic interventions and opportunities, those which have the most structuring effect.
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