On November 29, 2022, the Norwegian government presented its new strategy for food security: 'Gathering power against famine - a policy for increasing self-sufficiency.'
The plan prioritized strengthening Norwegian efforts on food security in low- and middle-income countries. More concretely, the plan supports local and regional, small-scale producers of food, local job creation in the value chains, and access to nutritious food.
The strategy was organized into four priority areas:
- Improving productivity, including reduced production losses, for small-scale producers of food;
- Developing robust local value chains and markets that strengthen the position of small-scale producers of food and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);
- Increasing and improving access to a healthy and safe variety of foods; and
- Addressing the root causes of food insecurity and building partner countries' capacity to respond to natural and social barriers to food security.
Norway also set out intermediate objectives for achieving the higher-level goals:
- Identify and build relevant partnerships;
- Support national plans and strategies for food security, sustainable development, and development of agriculture, fisheries and farming;
- Work to ensure harmony between different thematic initiatives;
- Facilitate increased cooperation with civil society and the private sector; and
- Conduct follow-up research and impact evaluation to ensure positive, concrete results.
The strategy will inform Norwegian efforts through the UN, development banks, and global funds, and will be used as a basis for bilateral commitments on food security in partner countries.
In particular, Norway prioritized cooperation with Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, and Tanzania. The countries were selected based on the magnitude of their food security challenges and existing Norwegian development infrastructure in these states.
Norway's new agenda on food security also set out key partners for future collaboration, including:
- Civil society organizations that work directly with food producers;
- Farmers' and fishermen's organizations that provide services to producers;
- Private companies working with farmers provide inputs or refine products; and
- Multilateral partners, including the UN, development banks, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Development Association (IDA), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Global Program for Agriculture and Food Security under the World Bank (GAFSP), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The strategy also prioritized continued support for knowledge development, particularly at universities, research institutions in partner countries, and through the international consortium for agricultural research (CGIAR).