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Steering committees: Playing a key role in adaptive and context-specific implementation.

"We are looking forward to sustained and concrete relations with the Netherlands", said Mr Turkawi, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of the Sudan, in a virtual address to the second Global Programme Steering Committee on behalf of the Sudanese Government.Photo FAO/Mohammed Omer

FNS-REPRO’s Steering Committees have been established at both global and national levels. Membership consists of FAO, WUR, government and donor representatives, among others. Meeting bi-annually, they will play a key role in providing policy and strategic guidance to the programme, as well as ensuring that it remains on track vis-à-vis its objectives and work plans.

In June 2020, FNS-REPRO held its first Global Programme Steering Committee (GPSC). Chaired by FAO’s Director ad interim of the Office for Emergencies and Resilience, the GPSC took stock of the achievements of the inception phase, discussed and endorsed the key decisions and priorities for implementation. This reflects FNS-REPRO’s approach to adaptive and context-specific implementation, in which the GPSC plays a key role.

Following the first GPSC, FAO country offices organized their first National Programme Steering Committee (NPSC) meetings in November 2020. Attended by representatives from the government line Ministries, FAO, WUR and Netherlands Embassies, the NPSCs provided national policy and strategic guidance to the programme. In all three countries, the commitment of the respective governments to build resilient livelihoods and food systems while contributing to sustainable localized peace was noteworthy and highly appreciated by the implementation team.

Following the national steering committees, the second GPSC was convened on 25 November 2020. Noting the impressive progress made since the last meeting, it identified opportunities for FNS-REPRO to enhance its contribution to the Humanitarian-Development-Peace nexus & the implementation of the Netherlands-sponsored UN Security Council Resolution 2417. In addition, members reviewed the programme’s progress, and activities for the next six months, and provided guidance on strategic issues, which will further enhance the catalytic role that FNS-REPRO plays in building food system resilience in protracted crises.