Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NFP form Communities of Practice
The Food Security team at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands followed two lines in the strategy on how to respond to the COVID-19 crisis for Southern target groups and partners in developing countries. One was supportive of the global coordinated responses. The other one was supporting partners to reorient existing bilaterally-funded programmes to be meaningful at local scales with existing committed funds, capacities and networks. For example to facilitate input supply to farmers for the upcoming season, or to support the continued functioning of local food supply chains or nutrition programmes.
With support of Netherlands Food Partnership, several Communities of Practice were formed focusing on: Markets & Supply Chains & Nutritious foods; Finance and Outreach; Digital Solutions; and Knowledge.
NFP and COVID-19 response
In this process Netherlands Food Partnership functions as a coordinating and supporting partner. NFP keeps an overview of the different processes and activities, organising and making accessible the information that is produced in the different workstreams, and supporting CoP work if needed.
In the process of identifying the short and long term consequences of the COVID-19 crisis for SDG2, governments, research and aid organisations, as well as businesses are all creating and sharing a great variety of information. NFP provides an overview of shared resources and other information in relation to the work of the Communities of Practice.