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WFP and the new UN task force plan on food security

The UN task force on food security recently updated its Comprehensive Framework for Action, a document first written in the midst of the 2008 global food crisis. WFP has a key role to play in helping countries achieve the outcomes set out in the updated CFA, says Steven Were Omamo, Deputy Director of Policy Planning and Strategy at WFP headquarters in Rome.

ROME -- The UN's High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis (HLTF) developed the first Comprehensive Framework for Action (CFA) in July 2008 when the world was being rocked by spiralling food prices that led to increased hunger, social tension and distress for millions of poor households. The CFA was designed to encourage concerted responses to the food price crisis with a “twin track approach” – that is, to respond to the immediate needs of vulnerable populations and contribute to longer-term resilience.

The Updated CFA (UCFA) is designed to harness more efforts for coordinated and synergized action, and the realization of agreed outcomes. The framework is designed around three core objectives, further articulated into 9 outcomes, and with a series of actions laid out per single outcome.
Strategic plan

WFP's 2008-2013 Strategic Plan cemented its transition from a food aid to a food assistance agency. The Plan has transformed WFP not only into a front-line catalyst of innovation in the humanitarian domain, but also into an agency that offers an expanded set of food assistance tools for addressing hunger. This includes deliberate investments and intervention that emphasize appropriateness, ownership and sustainability. 

The very nature of the Strategic Plan means that WFP has an important role to play in helping countries achieve the outcomes set out in the UCFA. These contributions will generally center on engagement around short-medium term priorities, but longer-term, cross-cutting issues will also benefit from WFP’s capacity and comparative advantages in providing hunger solutions. The specific importance of single outcomes and actions need to be carefully weighed and balanced at the country level.