Driven by rising country demand, WFP has stepped up its role in brokering South-South exchanges to expedite progress on SDG 2. As per WFP’s 2015 Policy on South-South and Triangular Cooperation, supporting countries to tap into South-South opportunities “is a strategic opportunity to reach more people in need”. Key pillars of the policy are (1) providing regional bureaux and country offices with guidance and support on engaging in and facilitating South-South exchanges; (2) providing access to a platform for sharing knowledge on food security and nutrition; (3) enhancing WFP’s expertise by establishing mechanisms for tapping into the expertise of developing countries; and (4) creating incentives for WFP engagement in brokering SSC on food security and nutrition issues in line with WFP’s rules, regulations and financial framework.
In October 2019, WFP held a global internal meeting on SSTC to review its experiences, draw lessons and develop a roadmap for the way forward. This thematic report, produced jointly by the Corporate Planning and Performance Division and the SSTC headquarters team in the Programme Division (PRO), contains three more sections.
Section II summarizes WFP’s global progress in 2019 in applying SSTC, using information from the SSTC team’s quarterly reports9 combined with analysis of WFP’s annual country performance reports. In Section III, country and regional level examples are presented to provide a better picture of WFP’s SSTC field work. Section IV describes the steps being taken to position WFP as a SSTC partner of choice during the final decade of the SDGs.