ROME, ITALY — The European Commission (EC), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) on June 27 signed in Rome a new strategic framework of cooperation to increase the capacity of the international community to deliver effective, coordinated, timely and sustainable support to food security and nutrition.

By joining forces, the four partners are seeking to achieve higher collective impact on the world's food security.

The strategic framework defines the complementary roles of the three Rome-based United Nations (UN) agencies, putting emphasis on the coherence of their comparative advantages and core mandates, enhanced through strengthened coordination and collaboration.

The framework highlights the key priorities for food security and nutrition where all four partners will work together particularly on the basis of their converging objectives and mandates.

Finally, it will increase global awareness and visibility of the partnership between the European Commission and the three Rome-based UN agencies in the fight against hunger.

The four partners are unanimously committed to an adequate monitoring and evaluation of the strategic framework of cooperation to ensure that it will genuinely lead to increased efficiency and more importantly to improve the economic and social well-being of the one billion people who live in chronic hunger.