Regional Coordination Food Crisis in Africa - Emergency Appeal n° MDR60003

Summary

The Regional Coordination Food Crisis in Africa Emergency Appeal (EA) is launched by the IFRC for 3,877,335 Swiss francs to complement and support the current country-level emergency operations/Emergency Appeals (EAs) related to Food Crises, mainly those focusing on drought and food insecurity. This Regional Coordination Food Crisis in Africa EA provides a structural framework for the country-level EAs, enabling opportunities to support the country-level response activities by strengthening and scaling up operational support, coordination, communication, capacity building, security and safety for staff and volunteers in all affected countries in the region.

The aim is to better assist the affected population by addressing challenges in response and early recovery and effectively utilizing resources through shared opportunities. For this reason, the Regional Coordination Food Crisis in Africa EA does not highlight specific implementation activities, but rather provides a strategy to coordinate implementation in the countrylevel EAs.

To date, the IFRC has launched the following Appeals in support of the current Food Crisis in Africa, of which detailed response activities are provided in the links provided.

This regional appeal will also support related operations with National Societies in Nigeria and South Sudan, in close coordination with the ICRC.

The full scope of the Regional Coordination for Food Crisis in Africa EA refers to 12 countries1 in the region impacted by crisis or emergency Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) levels, even though the Red Cross Red Crescent response may vary from one country to another. The international community uses IPC levels to monitor the severity of food insecurity alongside other compounding factors (such as mortality and land degradation). Monitoring of IPC level s for the countries is included in the operational analysis of the EA. Of the countries impacted in the region, the IFRC is actively scaling up in nine countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, Zimbabwe, South Sudan and Nigeria).

The above humanitarian need requires regional support and coordination to implement the country-level EA operations. The benefits of regional coordination are eight-fold, as it: 1) provides strategic oversight at the regional level; 2) consolidates monitoring and data information across the Africa Region; 3) develops and encourages partnerships at country and regional level; 4) enhances community resilience to future shocks; 5) facilitates and encourages regional learning; 6) harmonizes technical and operational approaches; 7) scales up engagement and accountability approaches; and 8) enables one voice within the Federation and the Movement.