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New guidance available: Flexible livelihoods and food security programming in fragile settings

What room is there for flexibility in current Dutch funded food security programming in fragile settings? This question prompted the launch of a project at the end of 2021, that was to be delivered jointly by NFP, The Broker and ZOA. The primary goal of the project was to create the tools for both INGOs and policymakers, to take advantage of space for flexible programming that might otherwise be overlooked. The guidance developed in the course of this project is now available for use.

In conversation: Working with faith-based actors for development

Last year Prisma and four of its members – Dorcas, Tearfund, Woord en Daad and World Vision – initiated a new research project into the role and added value of faith-based actors in sustainable development. As an independent knowledge brokering organisation, The Broker was commissioned to carry out the research in a quest to bring to light the most important opportunities and barriers for collaborations between secular and faith-based actors. On the 10th of March we hosted an online workshop, marking the end of the first phase of this project. This article presents the most important take-aways and questions of the workshop, focusing particularly on the fruitful dialogues in the breakout sessions.

A common destination: On the road towards the true value of food

At the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UN FSS) in 2021 the True Value of Food Initiative was launched – a ‘game changer’ according to…

Africa’s Year of Nutrition: Time for paper tigers to start biting

This weekend, during their General Assembly, the African Union (AU) will declare 2022 the African Year of Nutrition. This attention is very much welcome as it presents an opportunity to link the African objectives of ending hunger and of promoting sustainable agricultural transformation on the continent. Progress towards those objectives has been slowing down. It is clear by now that the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the impact of pre-existing drivers of food insecurity, such as climate change and violent conflict.

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