From October 30 to mid-November 2017, the Hub supported the EAC Secretariat to conduct national validation meetings in all five East African Community (EAC) Partner States on the draft EAC Food Security Action Plan (FSAP) and the draft Food and Nutrition Security Strategy (FNSS). The meetings were crucial for collecting stakeholder feedback to guide the revision of the draft reports in readiness for endorsement at a regional experts’ meeting to be convened by EAC Secretariat at a later date.
Among key stakeholders who participated in the national validation meetings were government officials, members of the private sector, agencies responsible for agriculture and livestock, representatives from the World Food Program and projects with a food and nutrition security scope.
Both the FSAP and the FNSS are key EAC instruments on food security. FNSS highlights activities and critical targets for the next 5 years, providing guidance on coordination and implementation of individual and joint programs and projects that promote food and nutrition security in the EAC region. The FSAP sets out priority areas for intervention and guides programming in the food security sector.
The draft EAC instruments are aligned with the U.S. Government’s Global Food Security Strategy 2017, which has the following objectives: inclusive and sustainable agricultural-led economic growth; strengthened resilience among people and systems; and a well-nourished population.