Food Security

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 25–40 | Cite as

Coordination in food security crises: a stakeholder analysis of the challenges facing the global food security cluster

Original Paper


In mid 2011, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) formally launched the global Food Security Cluster (FSC) as the UN’s global mechanism for coordinating food security responses in emergencies worldwide. The need for greater coordination of food security response in emergencies is enormous: Not only is the number of actors growing ever larger, the operating environment is more complex, and the range of responses requires substantially greater levels of skill than ever in analysis, planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Will this new mechanism provide the leadership needed for complex, multi-dimensional responses needed to protect food security and livelihoods in disasters? What are the special challenges the cluster faces? This paper analyzes a series of country level case studies and key informant interviews with stakeholders in a range of roles to address these questions.


Food security coordination Cluster system Humanitarian emergencies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Feinstein International CenterTufts UniversityMedfordUSA

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