The CFS is the United Nations' forum for reviewing policies concerning world food. It is the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all relevant stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition.
The 22 entities within the HLTF work together as they support results oriented country-owned and country-led actions for food security with emphasis on synergies of policies. Read the message from the SG to UN Resident Coordinators and Country Representatives from the UN family.
The surge in food and fuel prices in 2008 was a stark reminder that the world’s food systems are not serving the needs of its people – particularly the billion or so living on very low incomes. The high prices have caused them additional hardship and triggered political unrest.
In order to increase the coherence and impact of UN system support to national authorities in responding to the challenge of ensuring global food security, members of the UN System’s Chief Executives Board established a High Level Task Force (HLTF) for the Global Food Security Crisis in April 2008. Its task is to support a coordinated response along the lines articulated in the Comprehensive Framework for Action (CFA) developed by the HLTF in July 2008 with a focus on two tracks: the immediate alleviation of hunger and effective long term investments in social protection, food and agriculture systems and fairer trade.
Last year, HLTF member organizations undertook joint assessments in 50 countries and so contributed to the design and implementation of the European Union’s Euro 1 billion Food Crisis Facility, and other similar initiatives.
In late 2008 HLTF members agreed to establish a ten person time-limited Coordination Team headed by the HLTF Coordinator to support the implementation of their Programme of Work. Within countries the Coordination Team helps HLTF members to pursue a common analysis of issues and to work as one in support of national authorities as they seek to reduce the numbers of food insecure people within their borders.
Members of the HLTF Coordination Team work with HLTF member organizations active in country to: 1) develop a composite analysis of food and nutrition insecurity and responses to date, especially the degree to which external partners are supporting national authorities in a timely, cohesive and coordinated manner, and 2) identify the potential for better coordination, for catalyzing effective action and for realizing the outcomes spelt out in the HLTF’s Comprehensive Framework for Action.
HLTF members will coordinate their actions intensively in 30 countries selected because of the extent of food insecurity faced by their people, and the potential for better results through enhanced interagency coordination.
Members of the Coordination Team are consulting with staff of HLTF member organizations in these countries, as well as with representatives of the national authorities, donor agencies, businesses and civil society: they work through the good offices of the UN Resident Coordinators and the World Bank Country Directors. When appropriate they will initiate intensive follow-up.
To know more about Coordination Team country visits and HLTF in-country work, please download the info-note and/or consult country visit reports.