"Today we are taking another huge step forward, together in the fight against food crises and instability", Commissioner Neven Mimica at the signing ceremony for the global Network against food crises partnership programme, 25/09/2018.
The UN Security Council in its Resolution 2417 (2018) has for the first time dealt with the interlinkages of conflict and hunger and calls for greater action regarding conflict-induced hunger. Against this background the European Union and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have teamed up to launch a new food crises partnership programme. The EU will provide EUR 70 million of the EUR 77 million overall initiative. This represents the biggest single EU contribution to the FAO ever. At the side event of the 73rd UNGA "Breaking the Cycle between Conflict and Hunger" on September 25 2018, Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, stressed the importance of facing the challenges with determination and taking another huge step forward, in the fight against food crises and instability.
The new initiative aims at strengthening national, regional and global responses to food insecurities to contribute to lasting solutions to these challenges. Supporting the humanitarian-development nexus as well as improving the global information systems available to humanitarian and development actors is at the core of the partnership. "This initiative is more than a simple financial commitment from the EU to the FAO. It's about improving global dialogue, coordination and response to food crises. It is about ensuring that no one is hungry or left behind" said the Commissioner.