Long-term food security: investing in people and livelihoods: five-year strategic framework on food security for Africa 2008–2012

Long-term food security: investing in people and livelihoods: five-year strategic framework on food security for Africa 2008–2012

Tackling food insecurity in Africa: a five-year strategic framework

Sub-Saharan Africa is not on track to achieve a single Millennium Development Goal, and is the only region in the world where malnutrition – an outcome of food insecurity – is not declining.

This paper presents the Red Cross Red Crescent five-year strategic framework on long-term food security for Africa. Guided by the 2000 Ouagadougou Declaration and the Algiers Plan of Action 2004, it aims to reduce food insecurity in communities vulnerable to disasters and/or affected by HIV/AIDS.

The programmatic objectives guiding the approach are stated as:

  • to improve and scale up of community based food security programming in 15 African National Societies
  • to increase long-term food security technical capacity at the International Federation, in particular at African National Societies
  • to strengthen understanding of long-term food security programming including integration and coordination.

The paper states that these objectives will be bolstered by a fourth enabling objective:

  • to strengthen community and National Society organisational and structural capacities

The paper notes that interventions will be evidence-based and will be driven by good practice developed both internally and externally. Programmes will be developed with the full consultation and participation of vulnerable communities in order to ensure that programmes build on the existing assets, capabilities and priorities of the communities and are owned by them.

As a first step, the paper states that an in-depth country-level analysis will be conducted with the participation of all Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies supporting food security in Africa. This phase will be followed by the design of concrete programme proposals, action plans and budgets. Finally, programme implementation at community level will start in October 2008.