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Addressing Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
6:15 PM - 7:30 PM
Conference Room E

Side Event

Addressing Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises:  Implementation of the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises

Communities living in protracted conflict and crises are some of the most marginalized in terms of service from the international community.  They face distinct challenges (such as destruction of infrastructure and livelihoods, unstable and unsafe environments, absent, weak, or dual governments that are unable or unwilling to provide basic services, and displacement) which are not present in other cases. Situations of protracted crises are also highly vulnerable to falling into self-perpetuating cycles.

Because protracted crises do not fit neatly into categories of either humanitarian or development situations, mechanisms for intervention are weak, and the particular needs and demands of these communities are often unmet or ignored. Nearly two-thirds of countries in protracted crisis receive less development assistance per person than the average for least-developed countries.  This normally comes in the form of short term humanitarian assistance, as these prolonged and recurrent crises are not usually eligible for longer term development assistance.

This event seeks to address the specific needs of such communities and their ability to realize the SDGs, particularly Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Food insecurity and malnutrition are particularly severe and persistent in protracted crisis situations. In 2012, the combined population in protracted crisis situations was approximately 366 million, of which approximately 129 million were undernourished, accounting for over one-fifth of the global total of undernourished people. The unique needs of these populations are increasingly recognized in the international community through such agreements as the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises (FFA), endorsed by the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in October, 2015.

Speakers at this event will include representatives from the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), UN ESCWA, UNEP, Arab Group for the Protection of Nature (APN), Al-Mezan, and Al-Haq.

Ensuring that communities living in protracted conflict and crises are not left behind in pursuit of the SDGs is a vital and timely issue, particularly given the multiple long-term crises we see which are creating massive waves of refugees. This event serves to expand the dialogue on under-serviced communities and to distinguish pathways that can help people living in protracted crises realize Goal 2 of the SDGS.

Organizers:

Arab Group for the Protection of Nature, AlHaq, Al-Mezan, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)