Today, an estimated 690 million people still live with hunger. The number of people facing acute hunger might reach 270 million by the end of this year due to the challenges posed by COVID-19. As the world’s leader in the provision of food assistance, the World Food Programme (WFP) facilitates South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) as an integral part – and an effective means – of achieving SDG 2 and reaching the remaining people living in hunger.
WFP’s global commitment to SSTC reached a new level in 2019, with 85 percent of WFP country offices reporting SSTC engagement with their host governments. Moreover, all Country Strategic Programmes (CSP) and interim CSP documents approved in 2019 reflected SSTC in their activities. The upward trend since 2014 demonstrates that WFP country offices have embraced SSTC as a strategy to support host governments in tackling their remaining food security and nutrition challenges.
At the forefront of facilitating SSTC, WFP country offices are well equipped with expertise and tools to broker South-South partnerships, with backstopping at both the regional and global levels. WFP adopts a diverse range of South-South modalities adapted to a virtual environment in view of COVID-19, across key thematic areas including school meals, value chains and market access, resilience building, nutrition, social protection, emergency preparedness, supply chain, and food security analysis. All these topics are at the heart of advancing progress on SDG 2 at the country level.