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Principles and practice for resilience, food security and nutrition

Source(s):  Huffington Post Inc.

Numerous complex risks, such as climate change, environmental degradation, population growth, conflict, and food price volatility, are making the lives of vulnerable communities more difficult. The poor should be enabled to adapt to change and build robust, adaptable and richer livelihoods, so that they can avoid hunger and poverty, according to a Huffington Post blog post on one of the World Economic Forum topics. To achieve this, the Rome-based United Nations agencies recommend a shift in the approach to food insecure communities to help them become more resilient by aligning policies and programmes with the following six core principles:

- People, communities and governments must lead resilience-building for improved food security and nutrition
- Building resilience is beyond the capacity of any single institution
- Planning frameworks should combine immediate relief requirements with long-term development objectives
- Ensuring protection of the most vulnerable is crucial for sustaining development efforts
- Effective risk management requires integration of enhanced monitoring and analysis into decision-making
- Interventions must be evidence-based and focus on long-term results

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  • Publication date 25 Jan 2013

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