The UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) endorsed the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises (FFA) in October 2015 after a three-year preparation and negotiation process with CFS actors. Civil society actors, via the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSM) for relations with the CFSو particularly those affected by protracted crises, played a key role in bringing this vital topic to the CFS agenda and negotiating this new policy.

The FFA represents the first global consensus on how to support the progressive realization of the human right to adequate food while resolving protracted crises. The Framework seeks to improve the food security and nutrition of populations affected by, or at risk of protracted crises. It addresses common manifestations of crises and seeks to build resilience, adapt to specific challenges and contribute to resolving the underlying causes of protracted crises. The FFA recognizes the need to achieve coherence among humanitarian, development, and peace-building efforts that end food insecurity and malnutrition within a human-rights approach.

At its 47th Session in October 2020, CFS will hold a Global Thematic Event for monitoring the use and application of the FFA. The event will enable a multi-actor dialogue based on the experiences and good practices documented by CFS participants, outcomes from national, regional and international monitoring processes. The October 2020 review is an opportunity for the civil society to present an independent assessment of the FFA’s implementation so far.

To gather inputs and consolidate the assessment, the CSM has developed a simple multi-language questionnaire that you can access at the following links:





The purpose of this survey is to determine what policies and responses of diverse actors — such as governments, international organizations, and civil society — affecting food security and nutrition in protracted crises. Additionally, the survey seeks to gauge the extent to which the FFA principles are being applied and how we, as civil society, can encourage the FFA’s implementation.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, building resilience and resolving structural causes of food security and malnutrition are urgent, particularly in countries already facing other forms of protracted crises.

The deadline for completing this survey is 15 June 2020.

For more information, or assistance in completing this questionnaire, please contact Heather Elaydi at and Ayushi Kalyan at

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Photo: Migrant laborers and families protest against the government for the lack of food during a government-imposed lockdown in Amritsar, India, 22 April 2020. Source: Narinder Nanu/AFP via Getty Images.

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