We would like to stress the paramount role played by the sub-national level in anticipating crises and concretely improving food security and nutrition. This underscores the need for a global territorial approach which takes into account the whole food chain.
Indeed, regions and local Governments are enablers that build partnership relations to act against food insecurity through: support for stakeholders in the development sector; structuring professional organizations; exchanges of know-how and expertise; political involvement and building up capabilities. In addition, there is a wealth of expertise in local and regional governments on land issues, and on access to and competition in the use of farming or urban land.
It has also been demonstrated that setting up short supply chains that encourage local consumption of local products, will act in favour of food self-sufficiency because it will bring down the level of reliance on imports.