Who we are
An independent entity hosted by FAO, the Secretariat is the hub of the Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition. It facilitates the establishment of National Alliances and once they are established, it supports their growth and ongoing operations, serving as communication and coordination nexus, through which members can seek solutions to problems.
In addition to setting up communication channels, the Secretariat sponsors and hosts national, regional and international workshops for the National Alliances. It also encourages and supports participation of National Alliances in relevant regional and global meetings as a way to raise their visibility and recognition.
In June, 2010, the Secretariat organized “The Way Forward”, the first-ever Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition, providing National Alliances the opportunity to meet and work together in a three-day facilitated event. The formal output was a series of strategies and recommendations for enhancing future cooperation and coordination, but the informal output was the establishment of relationships among the participants which has manifest itself in their continued sharing of ideas and mutual support.
The Advisory Group comprises the four founding agencies – FAO, IFAD, WFP and Bioversity International – as well as representatives of some twelve partner organizations, including international civil society and non-governmental organization partners. The group is kept informed by the Secretariat of the work of the National Alliances and meets three times a year to provide guidance on activities.
National Alliance membership
The diversity of the National Alliance members is what gives the Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition a unique credibility in today’s world. The only criterion is that the public sector institutions, and private sector groups or organizations that join the National Alliance be committed to fighting hunger. Thus, membership can include
- governments and ministry representatives
- UN agencies
- non-governmental organizations
- civil society organizations, including those representing farmers, fisher folk, indigenous and ethnic groups, women, youth and religious organizations
- private sector or business groups,
- research and academic representatives
- donor groups