IGAD introduces the Food Systems Resilience Programme for Eastern and Southern Africa

The Intergovernmental Authority for Development has launched the Food Systems Resilience Programme for Eastern and Southern Africa (IGAD). The Ethiopian Skylight Hotel in Addis Ababa hosted the Multi-Phase Programmatic Approach (FSRP) regional launch on February 1st and 2, 2024, as part of Phase 1.
The project launch promoted a shared understanding of the overall objective of FSRP, which is to increase the resilience of food systems and preparedness for food insecurity in participating countries. It also introduced the Regional Coordination Committee (RCC) and Project Steering Committee (PSC) and presented the IGAD thematic focus during the project timelines.

The Draft FSRP Master Plan for the Program for 2024-2030 was also presented, while a comprehensive understanding of IGAD’s Knowledge Management Platform was built.

IGAD has a longstanding resilience-building partnership with development partners such as the Word Bank and many others. As such, IGAD aims to strengthen the ongoing efforts and also to respond to the emerging triple threats (COVID-19 lockdown, desert locust invasion, flooding caused by climate change); the World Bank supported a project: called Food Systems Resilience Program for Eastern and Southern Africa (FSRP). The Program development objective (PrDO) is to increase the resilience of food systems and preparedness for food insecurity in participating countries.

The Program is built on four pillars or components such as; Rebuilding resilient agricultural production capacity; Supporting the sustainable development of natural resources for resilient agricultural landscapes; Getting to market; and Promoting a greater focus on food systems resilience in national and regional policymaking.

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