Call for inputs to an independent CSO report on monitoring the use and application of the

CFS Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises

Do the survey at the links you find below to submit your experience and make governments hear your voice!


The CFS Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises (FFA) was endorsed by the CFS at its Forty-Second Session on 13 October 2015 (CFS 2015/42/4), following a three-year preparation and negotiation process with CFS actors. Civil society actors, via the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSM) for relations with the CFS — particularly those affected by protracted crises — have played a key role in bringing this vital topic to the agenda of the CFS and throughout the preparation and negotiation process.

The FFA represents the first global consensus on how to support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food during protracted crises. The objective of the Framework is to improve the food security and nutrition of populations affected by, or at risk of, protracted crises by addressing critical manifestations and building resilience; adapting to specific challenges; and contributing to addressing underlying causes. It recognizes the need to achieve coherence between humanitarian, development, and peace-building efforts that address underlying causes of food insecurity and malnutrition within a human-rights approach.

At its 47th Session in October 2020, CFS will hold a Global Thematic Event (GTE) for monitoring the use and application of the FFA. The GTE will enable a multi-actor dialogue based on the experiences and good practices documented by CFS participants, outcomes from national, regional and international monitoring events, and will contribute to monitoring progress in implementing the FFA at all levels. The GTE is an opportunity for the civil society to prepare and disseminate an independent assessment of the current status of the use and implementation of the CFS-FFA.

To facilitate the gathering of inputs and the consolidation of the report, the CSM working group on Monitoring of the FFA has developed a simple questionnaire in English, Arabic, French and Spanish that can be accessed through the following links:





The purpose of this survey is to determine what policies and responses are being taken by different actors — such as governments, international organizations, and civil society — in contexts of protracted crises, in relation to food and agriculture. Specifically, the survey seeks to gauge the extent to which principles of the FFA are being used and how we, as civil society, can encourage and push for its implementation. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the urgent need to build resilience and address structural causes of food security and malnutrition, particularly in countries already facing other forms of protracted crises, has been further underscored.

It is vital that civil society contributes to this survey in order to give greater visibility to the diverse nature of protracted crises that communities are grappling with and to help generate a stronger push towards implementation of this policy framework.

The deadline for completing this survey is 15th June.

For information about this questionnaire or assistance in completing it, please contact Heather Elaydi at helaydi [@] and Ayushi Kalyan at kalyan [@]


*@Credits photo: Refugees and migrants at a camp on the Greek island of Samos, on Oct. 18.  (AP Photo/Michael Svarnias)


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