Security monitoring

G7 Principles Supporting a Vision for Improved Monitoring and Analysis of Global Food Security – Global

As part of their Elmau Commitment to Food Security, G7 members committed in 2015 to “improve data capture for tracking our food security goal”. The G7 also pledged to “better connect short, medium and long-term support, integrated into an overall development strategy, to build resilience…as a key to increasing effectiveness and sustainability”. Given the deterioration of global food security, particularly with the onset of the pandemic, the G7 FSWG agreed in 2021 to further improve the approach to interventions towards this commitment to maximize effectiveness and impact .

During their deliberations within the framework of the G7 working group on food security, the partners

  • agreed on the nature and importance of the problem and felt the urgency to act

  • welcomed a landscape study commissioned by the UK Presidency exploring the elements of current global food security monitoring systems, agricultural data, mapping and monitoring systems, gaps in these systems and potential solutions to remedy

  • agreed on this analysis to inform joint action and complement the work of the G7 Compact for Famine Prevention which called for strengthened data and analysis, using the IPC as a benchmark -gold

  • supported and informed a consultation and visioning phase, involving G7 technical experts, key multilateral actors and incorporating country and regional voices as much as possible

G7 partners agreed on key principles of a vision to improve evidence-based and action-oriented global food security monitoring and analysis that emerged from the analysis and consultation process. These include:

  1. Promote the production of evidence-based, policy- and institutionally-neutral, contextualized, multifactorial food security and nutrition analysis that meets the information needs of national governments and donors, to better inform the response

  2. Strengthen a global network of food security information systems designed for (i) effective and efficient interoperability, (ii) distinct added value, and (iii) improved equity and inclusiveness within the food system, by building on existing structures

  3. Promote the continued development of 1) national and regional food security information systems, particularly those that meet international standards of comparability, interoperability and reliability and 2) regional and national data collection activities that promote data standards, interoperability and open sharing of public data. data to increase accessibility

  4. Further support existing initiatives that aggregate information, monitor agricultural products and conduct analysis of the underlying causes of disruptions in food production and distribution and the effects of climate change on this key sector for food security

  5. Maximize efforts to put the humanitarian-development nexus into practice, at all levels

  6. Promote stronger links between information systems and action, including prevention and rapid release of funds based on pre-agreed early warnings and trigger indicators

  7. Encourage global food safety monitoring systems to innovate, including with cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science and others; furthermore, encourage engagement with all relevant expertise, in multilateral organisations, governments and other actors, while ensuring the responsible use of data within the framework of the general “do no harm” principle

  8. Promote key institutions that aim to strengthen collaboration (including between humanitarian, resilience and development actors), common standards and knowledge sharing between major food security information systems; and challenge them to put the vision and its themes into practice, so that the world, especially the most vulnerable, benefits from strengthened action based on evidence