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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Plan to Coordinate EU food and Nutrition Security Activities

The last foreign affairs Council of the European Union, held on 27-28 May in Brussels, endorsed a new EU Policy Framework to enhance maternal and child nutrition in external assistance as well as a new EU Food and Nutrition Security Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan (IP) - “Boosting food and nutrition security through EU action: implementing our commitments”- is supposed to offer a framework for a better coordination between EU and Member States’ in terms of policies and programmes in the area of food and nutrition security.
As such, the Plan is perceived as the operational closing piece of the EU’s long-term policy response to the international food crisis in 2007/08, and as a complement to direct humanitarian-development approaches such as the EU Food Facility, or other EU-led multi-stakeholder instruments like the AGIR and SHARE initiative, the international development think- tank ECDPM notes.
The IP was drafted by the Commission at the request of the Council. It had been requested by the foreign affairs Council (FAC) back in 2010. The delay on its might be due to  administrative reorganisations at the Commission, or a overall lack of political drive from the Member States. Either way, “the adoption of the IP is considered a milestone on the long road to a more concerted EU-wide approach to addressing global food insecurity and malnutrition”, an ECDPM blog entry states.

The plan has as objective to define an EU operational response, over the period from 2014 to 2020, and to deliver on the commitments set out in the 2010 EU Food Security Policy, the Nutrition Communication, and other relevant EU policy documents.
In order to achieve this, it proposes a “three-pronged” approach centred on:
• enhancing political and policy dialogue on food and nutrition security with partner countries, regional and global organisations and initiatives, civil society and the private sector;
• enhancing synergies between their programmes, including through joint programmes and joint programming where feasible;
• identifying interventions to engage in jointly or in accordance with division of labour.

These are consecutively translated into six policy priorities, namely:
1. Improve smallholder resilience and rural livelihoods    
2. Support effective governance
3. Support regional agriculture and food and nutrition security policies
4. Strengthen social protection mechanisms, particularly for vulnerable populations
5. Enhance nutrition, in particular for mothers, infants and children
6. Enhance coordination between development and humanitarian actors to build resilience and promote sustainable food and nutrition security.

The recorded improvements in these areas will be presented in a joint report to the Council on a biennial basis from 2014 onwards, ending in 2020

Even if it might prove useful as a guide line for EU member states’ external activities, it is believed that the plan does not provide for any specific instructions or targets that could allow a clear evaluation or follow up of the results.

Source: ECDPM, Council of the EU