Regional Food Security Analysis Network (RFSAN) improves the quality of food security and nutrition information and early warning systems in the countries affected by the Syria/Iraq crisis, supporting decision-making in humanitarian and development interventions through assessments, analysis, partnerships, capacity development and data/ knowledge exchange.
RFSAN was launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and iMMAP in 2015with financial support from USAID Food For Peace (FFP) and FAO.
In strengthening the quality of food security information, RFSAN focuses on evidence-based data that improve food security analysis and knowledge exchange in the sub-region. While responsive to the humanitarian information needs of the Syria and Iraq crises, RFSAN is increasing its investments in resilience, taking into account the importance of medium to long-term interventions, critical in achieving and sustaining recovery and attaining sustainable food security at the household, community and national levels.
Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles
Immediate, intermediate and long-term improvements in food security, nutrition and resilience of vulnerable population groups in the sub-region through strengthening of evidence-based decision-making among government and non-government actors.
Improve the quality of food security and nutrition information, provide a better understanding of resilience building to support decision-making in humanitarian and development interventions through partnerships, analysis, capacity development and data and knowledge exchange.
Cooperation and partnership with governments, FSS/C Secretariat and partners;
Use of existing information, strengthening of existing information systems, promoting of cost effectiveness and avoiding duplication;
Supporting development of national/local capacities.
Focus on clearly identified information products, where RFSAN holds a comparative advantage, with possibility to respond to ad-hoc requests for support;
Integration of household-level analysis and gender disaggregated information into programming and national and sub-national policy making;
Incremental implementation that takes into account lessons learned.