Nutrition knowledge management
Within the World Food Programme (WFP) and our partner organizations, there lies accumulated corporate, regional and local knowledge that is critical to be able to achieve zero hunger. In order to unlock this organizational knowledge, WFP is prioritizing knowledge management (KM): capturing, creating, sharing, and making the best use of accumulated knowledge.
The data gap regarding experiences and lessons on how to implement successful programs currently represents a limitation for reducing undernutrition globally. The global community recognizes that not all data need be generated through primary research – many gaps can be filled through improved KM.
The WFP nutrition KM approach aims to strengthen the impact of its nutrition operations, which aim to improve the nutrition and quality of life of the world’s most vulnerable people. Through efficient, enhanced KM, we can best leverage our past experiences and organizational knowledge to adapt and respond to old and new challenges.
KM comprises three workstreams: operations research; storage, processing and dissemination (platform management); and learning and capacity development.
As part of our nutrition KM, WFP commits to:
• Facilitating the sharing of information across the organization so that WFP officers can leverage experiences from global colleagues;
• Conducting operations research and share up-to-date findings to improve programming;
• Translating cutting-edge scientific findings into messages and guidance for field offices;
• Building professional networks across organizations and link to external networks to maximize synergies;
• Instigating learning and workforce capacity development for all WFP staff;
• Developing networks of personnel with common interests to share knowledge, experience and expertise;
• Providing program implementation guidance from a global perspective (e.g. across countries, thematic operations and target groups);
• Providing technical support and capacity building at regional and country level within WFP and to partners; and
• Sharing information with external organizations, including host governments, UN agencies, partner organizations, NGOs, donor agencies and research bodies.