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With Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2 on Zero Hunger and 17 on strengthening partnerships as its guiding light, the World Food Programme (WFP)’s country strategic planning is firmly rooted in a comprehensive analysis of the challenges each country faces in efforts to eradicate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. 

WFP supports National Zero Hunger Strategic Reviews (ZHSR) carried out under the leadership of governments and their partners to establish a hunger baseline, determine gaps in the national food security and nutrition response and identify priority actions needed to achieve SDG2. The findings of Zero Hunger Strategic Reviews inform the plans of national and international stakeholders, including WFP and other UN agencies.  

Zero Hunger Strategic Reviews are led by respectable high-level national figures (known as Lead Conveners) and are usually conducted by independent research institutions or teams. Advisory bodies comprising high-ranking officials from line ministries, donors, international organizations, academia, civil society and private sector supervise the process.

By bringing together a wide range of national and international stakeholders, the ZHSR process embraces a multi-sectoral approach to food security and nutrition; provides a solid analytical foundation for discussions on SDG 2; fosters synergies between the programmes of various partners; promotes new partnerships; and leads to integrated approaches that support governments to achieve all 17 SDGs.

The ZHSR also raises awareness of the country’s food security and nutrition issues and bolsters advocacy efforts for tangible, timely hunger solutions.

WFP’s participation in and/or facilitation of the ZHSR process enhances engagement with government stakeholders and other partners, building durable relationships.