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International Food Security Network
International Food Security Network
Civil Society Organization

Focal point

Shahidur Rahman, Alberta Guerra,


Who we are

International Food Security Network (IFSN) - a partnership of 1100+ civil society organizations (CSOs) from 31 countries across continents – strives to strengthen its regional food security networks to ensure food and nutritional security in southern countries.  The network promotes south-south dialogues and knowledge dissemination and aims at influencing policies and programmes for increased food security at national, regional and international level. Twelve organizations, six regional networks and twenty six national networks spanning across the globe form the core of IFSN with Actionaid International in the lead. The network - since its formation in 2004 - has been co-funded by the European Commission.

From April 2013, IFSN entered its third phase and now working towards ensuring regular, structured and inclusive dialogues between regional and global food security networks and governments and international organisations. The network’s activities are geared further towards creating policy spaces for interaction between governments and CSOs and legislative spaces for regional frameworks on food security and nutrition, built on a human rights approach. In order to contribute to these processes the IFSN regional networks are working on developing policy positions, documenting best practices, and building institutional capacity.

IFSN - in principle - constantly focuses on south-south solidarity and brings southern and grassroots voices to different multi-stakeholder dialogues, organises farmer to farmer exchanges, and undertakes study and research. The network also actively engages with various food and nutritional security discussions at regional and global level, especially the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) in solidarity with social movements and other organisations.

IFSN constantly strives to reach out to its target people – millions of right-holders, including smallholder farmers, women, fisher-folk, forest dwellers, indigenous groups, pastoralists, consumers and their community based organizations.


Alberta Guerra


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Investing in Women Smallholder Farmers

Policy Papers & Briefs
December, 2010

[From the Executive Summary] Many poor communities depend on women to grow most of the food they eat, yet women farmers struggle with a severe lack of extension services, credit, inputs, and productive assets. Merely by ensuring women farmers get the same access to these resources as men, the G20 could lift 100 million people out of hunger.