Saving and Improving Lives: UN-EU partnership for food and nutrition security 2008-2012

Launched on 16 Oct 2013

Report Summary

The 8th annual Partnership Report “Saving and Improving Lives” presents the United Nations-European Union partnership for food and nutrition security from 2008 to 2012. The web photo publication and the videos included in the report will take you through the results of our work on the ground.

Following the food price hike in 2008, the international community increased its investment in food and nutrition security. In December 2008, the EU established a EUR 1 billion Food Facility instrument in response to the effects of the food crisis. Recently, it launched two additional initiatives in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel. The UN has been a long-standing partner of the EU in this endeavor. From 2008 to 2012, the EU channeled over EUR 2.63 billion through the UN for food and nutrition security, including EUR 480 million from the EU Food Facility. Most funding was devoted to emergency food assistance (over EUR 1.2 billion), agriculture (over EUR 1 billion), and nutrition (around EUR 245 million). 

This report highlights examples of what the EU and the UN delivered together over this five year period to improve food and nutrition security.

Main highlights

  • Responded to emergencies by delivering annually food aid to people in over 35 countries.
  • Ensured nutrition security in emergency contexts, supported community programmes focusing on children’s survival, delivered micronutrients, and improved early care practices in over 30 countries.
  • Helped restore food production and reduce food aid dependency in nearly 40 countries affected by conflict and natural hazards through the provision of tools, seeds and other agricultural inputs.
  • Supported, through the EU Food Facility, food security and resilience of 22 million people in 35 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
  • Supported agricultural modernization, rural development, rural infrastructure development and agricultural research in around 100 countries.

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