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Targeting hunger by transforming food systems through South-South Cooperation

The COVID-19 pandemic has created major risks for food security at a time when food systems are already under strain from conflict, natural disasters and climate change. Domestic food supply chains have been affected by movement restrictions, shortages of key agricultural inputs, and losses of income. The UN World Food Programme has warned that an additional 130 million people could face acute food insecurity by the end of the year, on top of the 135 million people who were already acutely food-insecure before the crisis. Rural people who were already exposed to food and dietary deprivations are also among the most vulnerable populations in the context of the ongoing pandemic. 

More than ever, the resilience of producers and households needs support at both country and international levels. To this end, IFAD is working with local and national governments as they undertake measures to ensure social protection and safeguard livelihoods.

Through the use of South-South and Triangular Cooperation , IFAD is tapping into existing expertise, skills, capacities, and solutions to address the effects of the pandemic and other challenges on rural populations. Throughout the last decade, South-South and Triangular Cooperation has shown itself capable of providing tailored, tested development solutions that can be adapted to different contexts.  

Find out more about IFAD and South-South and Triangular Cooperation.