Network Development is a dedicated effort to strengthen cooperation and linkages among food security partners. Stakeholders within the network – whether national or international, government or non-governmental – are peers linked by cross-cutting information needs and collaborative analytical processes. The network approach emphasizes partnership, coordination, and shared analytical outputs. It aspires to rigorous and relevant analytical network-driven processes that continue despite changing political dynamics, rotation of personnel, or the withdrawal of a specific stakeholder. Instead of relying solely on building individual capacity, Network Development brings food security partners together to leverage available resources and work together in addressing critical needs or gaps.
Food security networks, where they exist, vary greatly. They may comprise a combination of national ministries and science agencies, regional bodies, national and international non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies, universities, research groups, or others. Additionally, in some places, donor governments play a financial and technical role.
FEWS NET’s Approach to Network Development
The progress toward sustained, locally-owned processes occurs when the vision and the work is shared by a network of institutions. The greatest gains and efficiencies come when institutions and agencies recognize their mutual interdependence, the benefits in cooperation, and agree to exchange data, analysis, and expertise.
FEWS NET’s Network Development strategy involves the development of enhanced, durable, effective, and sustainable information networks and environments in food-insecure countries and regions. This approach is implemented through localized, context-specific national and regional strategies that are developed in consultation with food security partners involved in the targeted network.
Download the snapshots below for examples of networks that FEWS NET has supported as part of its network development approach.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 34 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.