G8 Evian Action Against Famine, Especially in Africa: A G8 Action Plan

Sectors : Regional cooperation and integration, Food security, Disaster risk reduction and reconstruction
Organisation : G8
Date made: 
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Commitments in: Agriculture - Food security

“... In order to improve significantly the capacity both of the countries affected and of the international community to anticipate and prevent famine, we will:

1. Meet emergency food assistance needs

1.1 ... We will improve the efficiency, timeliness and responsiveness of our own contributions of food aid, cash and items other than food, and encourage and facilitate contributions by other traditional and non−traditional donors to meet emergency needs. We will work with governments, UN agencies, non−governmental organisations, civil society and other parts of the international community to provide the specific mix of assistance and types of programs best suited to actual needs.”


“2. Improve assessment capacities, warning systems and prevention mechanisms

2.1 We will support the strengthening of national, regional and international capacity for developing accurate needs assessments as well as better shared analysis and understanding of vulnerability and its links to food insecurity. This should include appropriate use of common benchmarks and pre−famine indicators that combine production with food access and utilisation/nutrition indicators.

2.2 We will support the review and improvement of early warning and crop forecast systems as well as contingency planning at the national and regional level, in order to increase emergency preparedness and response. National decision makers will need to act on information provided in a timely manner and commit sufficient resources to fund and staff such systems.”