Recent upheavals in the global food system have exposed tens of millions more people across the world to hunger. They have also laid bare the pressing need for investment in the policy, institutional, organizational, and individual capacities needed to address the root causes of hunger and food insecurity, and thereby achieve Millennium Development Goal 1 on ending extreme poverty and hunger. Such capacities will be crucial to the success of current and prospective country-led efforts to promote food security and overall economic development.
There is a pressing need for clarity on how to strengthen capacity for design and implementation of sustainable solutions to hunger. Consensus exists on generic concepts, definitions, and best practice recommendations for capacity development. Absent, however, is such consensus on capacity development for food and nutrition security, largely due to the lack of unified frameworks for policy and action. This paper helps to fill that gap.