Working in Partnership
The Food Security Cluster is about enhancing cooperation and partnerships. The FSC works directly with its partners and stakeholders that include international NGOs, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, other cluster lead agencies, UN organizations, Governments and Donors. The FSC was formally endorsed by the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) on the 15 December 2010.
Global Coordination for Enhanced Food Security
The Food Security Cluster (FSC) has been established to coordinate the food security response during a humanitarian crisis, addressing issues of food availability, access and utilisation.
The Cluster is based at WFP headquarters in Rome and is co-led by FAO and WFP. The Global Support Team includes FAO, WFP, NGO and Red Cross and Red Crescent members.
Operating in Major Emergencies
The Food Security Cluster (FSC) is committed to saving lives through the coordination of the food security response in major emergencies.
Effective coordination is only possible through close cooperation with partner organizations. The FSC provides the guidance at the country level that supports a broad base and timely response.
The FSC works with national and regional cluster systems in both sudden onset disasters, be they from natural or human causes, and long-running crises
Priority Result Areas of the FSC 2015-2016
Result 1 - Strengthened and Developed National Clusters' Capacity
Cluster coordination is to ensure that international responses to humanitarian emergencies are clearly led and accountable, aiming to make the international humanitarian community a better partner for the affected people. This requires additional expertise that is being built for example through trainings.
Result 2 - Harmonised and Globalized Information Management System
There is a consensual recognition of the critical role information management plays in shaping effective humanitarian response, coordination and decision making. Building on the significant work that has already been accomplished, gFSC will focus on the roll-out, maintenance and enhancement of the existing tools and information systems, such as FSC website and Information Management Tool, as well as on training country-level information management officers.
Result 3 - Improved Operational and Surge Support to National Clusters
Timely response is critical for effective humanitarian action. However, deploying the right person at the right time remains a great challenge. gFSC works to be more predictable, consistent and timely in addressing coordination requirements at country-level, drawing on the gFSC Support Team’s own and partners’ capacities.
Result 4 - Scaled-up Advocacy, Communications and Resource Mobilization
While the benefit of coordination is recognized, it is still necessary to advocate on behalf of gFSC to a wider audience. Advocacy efforts will be effective in further highlighting gFSC core values and principles of partnership.
Result 5 - Deepened and Diversified Global Partnerships and Operational Collaborations
Partnerships and collaboration are at the very heart of the cluster approach and gFSC is looking at opportunities and modalities to strengthen country-level and global partnerships.
Result 6 - Systematized Learning and Knowledge Management Processes
gFSC aims to capture, analyse and document best practices in food security-related interventions that are being implemented at country-level with the objective of cross fertilising experiences and opening up new and innovative options to a number of countries.
For further information, please read the gFSC Strategic Plan 2015-2016