Responding efficiently to emergencies, saving lives endangered by famine and ensuring we achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 require the coordinated work of several partners – be they humanitarian agencies, governments or private sector operators – each contributing their unique expertise and know-how.
The importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships to mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technologies and financial resources to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals is clearly articulated in SDG 17.
For the World Food Programme (WFP), multi-stakeholder partnership is a key opportunity to learn from other actors. To advance the Zero Hunger goal by harnessing the creative power of different actors and leverage their respective experience and expertise, WFP promotes multi-stakeholder partnerships such as the Scale Up Nutrition (SUN) movement and the REACH initiative. Co-hosted by WFP and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the SUN network brings together private companies, UN agencies, civil society and donors to take global action against malnutrition. REACH is a partnership between WFP, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). It assists countries with a high burden of child and maternal undernutrition in accelerating the scale-up of food and nutrition actions.
Drawing on its operational experience, research and use of innovative tools, WFP is the lead agency in the Logistics Cluster and co-leads with FAO the Food Security Cluster . Both clusters are hosted at WFP headquarters in Rome and work to coordinate life-saving responses in major emergencies. WFP also leads the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster , which provides timely and reliable telecommunications services to humanitarians responding to crises.