Annual Report 2013: global Food Security Cluster

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When a humanitarian crisis hits, the Food Security Cluster (FSC) coordinates the food security response, addressing issues of food availability, access and utilization. In 2013, the FSC responded to several major emergencies, including the system-wide Level 3 emergencies in the Philippines and the Central African Republic (C.A.R). In addition, it provided a coordination solution in Gaziantep, Turkey in response to the Level 3 emergency in Syria, and continued its support to several long-running crises, including Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan.

Since starting its operations in 2011, the global Food Security Cluster (gFSC) Support Team has provided direction to country-level clusters by developing of tools and guidance, conducting training and providing surge support. It has also provided comprehensive communication outreach within the cluster, with partners and with the wider humanitarian community.

Partners are at the core of the work of the gFSC. The gFSC brings together international NGOs, civil society, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), UN organizations, Governments and Donors. In order to continue its valuable work in preparedness for and in response to humanitarian crises, the gFSC needs the on-going support of its partners.

In 2013, the gFSC organized its work around four pillars, identified in collaboration with partners for the 2013-2014 Strategic Plan:

  • Operational and surge support to national clusters
  • Capacity development in support of national clusters
  • Information management and learning
  • Advocacy, communication and partnership.