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The Learning Agenda: Reinforcing field activities while informing policy at the highest levels

February 2020, Hargeisa (Somaliland) - At the conclusion of a joint FAO-WUR enumerator training, preparing government staff to collect RIMA and FoSRA data that will form the baseline for FNS-REPRO. Photo: FAO/Eelke Boeremaåå

FNS-REPRO’s Learning Agenda is establishing and implementing a learning mechanism that informs evidence-based programming, captures good practice and promotes the development of policy recommendations on promoting Food System Resilience (FSR) for improved food and nutrition outcomes in protracted crisis contexts.

FNS-REPRO has developed various instruments to facilitate the Learning Agenda and knowledge management on food system resilience, in particular the Food & Seed System Resilience Assessments (SSRAs and FoSRAs) and the Communities of Practice (CoPs). The Food & Seed System Resilience Assessments facilitate joint learning by local actors and stakeholders to co-create a shared understanding of how food and seed systems function and change in the face of shocks and stressors. Based on food system behaviour and dynamics, food system pathways are developed that allow different actors and stakeholders to make investments for more resilient and context-sensitive food systems for improved food nutrition security outcomes.

As part of the Learning Agenda, FNS-REPRO is establishing CoPs which will bring together governments, the UN (FAO in particular), NGOs, the private sector, and local knowledge and research institutes. Through the CoPs, these stakeholders will develop learning journeys to address the critical challenges of building more resilient food systems. The CoPs will be coordinated by The Wageningen University’s (WUR) country-based Learning Agenda Focal Points.

Annual learning and sensemaking events will be organized at the country and regional levels to inform evidence-based FNS-REPRO programming, capture and promote good practice on FSR amongst sector actors and develop policy recommendations. A first Regional Learning Exchange was organized by WUR and the Netherlands Food Partnership (NFP) on November 19th 2020, bringing together around 50 professionals from governments, universities, NGOs, UN, and research institutes, to discuss food system resilience programming in the region.