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In crisis situations, ensuring enough food is available and people have access to it requires a strong, coordinated humanitarian response built around the needs of the most vulnerable.

Co-led by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the global Food Security Cluster (gFSC) is committed to saving lives through the coordination of appropriate, efficient and well-resourced food security responses in major emergencies.

The gFSC was created in 2010 and has over 40 partners including NGOs, donors and UN agencies – with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as an observer. It provides support to 27 countries.

A Strategic Advisory Group comprising members of the co-lead agencies and NGOs governs the work of the global cluster, which is largely focused on ensuring that country-level operations are well staffed and equipped to respond to food security crises.

The gFSC team is on call to provide immediate surge support in case of a humanitarian crisis as well as regular assistance as needed at the country level.