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Food Security Thematic Programme (FSTP)

The Food Security Thematic Programme (FSTP) aims to improve food security in favour of the poorest and the most vulnerable under a medium and longer term perspective and to lead to sustainable solutions. Based on Article 15 of the EU Regulation establishing the Development Co-operation Instrument (DCI), it addresses food security at global, continental and regional levels, complements the geographical programmes and comes to the fore where geographical instruments cannot fully operate.

What does it cover?

The FSTP’s main objective is to address the structural causes of food insecurity putting agriculture at the heart of the international debate on development.

This objective is to be pursued during the period 2007-2010 through the 6 strategic priorities:

  • Priority 1: supporting research, innovation and information distribution in matters relating to food security, with a special focus on supporting the enhancement of capacities and scientific and technological cooperation,
  • Priority 2: linking information and decision making in order to enhance response strategies,
  • Priority 3: using the potential of continental and regional approaches (support to regional initiatives in Asia and Latin America, as well as continental/regional priorities set out in a new partnership with the African Union),
  • Priority 4: responding to food insecurity in exceptional transition situations as well as in fragile and bankrupt states,
  • Priority 5: promoting innovative approaches,
  • Priority 6: encouraging the advancement of the food security programme, and its harmonisation and alignment with development partners, civil society and donors.

The programme ensures overall coherence in the European approach to food security and offers complementarity to the geographical programmes and to the Food Facility activities. The Programme complements country food security programmes covered mainly by geographical instruments (EDF, DCI and ENPI) whereas humanitarian food aid is covered by the Instrument for humanitarian aid managed by DG ECHO.

This programme covers all developing countries and its primary beneficiaries are: children under the age of five; communities with members suffering from HIV/AIDS or other chronic illnesses; war-affected communities and groups and internally displaced people; women; pastoralists, small farmers and fisher folk; landless and farm labourers and the urban ultra-poor. To better achieve the goal of reaching these beneficiaries in a sustainable way, this programme puts emphasis on training and capacity building for various stakeholders at national and regional levels, including government officials, and the strengthening of Regional Economic Communities' capacities.

How much money is available?

The FSTP has a budget of € 925 million for 2007-2010, allocated as follows:

  • Priority 1: €233.1 million (25% of the total)
  • Priority 2: €65 million (7% of the total)
  • Priority 3: €135 million (15% of the total)
  • Priority 4: €267.5 million (29% of the total)
  • Priority 5: €159.2 million (17% of the total)
  • Priority 6: €8 million (1% of the total)

The remaining funds are allocated for administrative expenses.

The FSTP is implemented through Annual Action Programmes (AAPs) based on the general indications provided by the Thematic Strategy Paper and Multi-Annual Indicative Programme 2007-2010 .

Who is eligible for funding?

The entities which are eligible for funding are:

  • partner countries and regions, and their institutions,
  • decentralised bodies in the partner countries (municipalities, provinces, departments and regions),
  • joint bodies set up by the partner countries and regions with the Community,
  • international organisations,
  • EU agencies,
  • Bodies and entities of the Member States, partner countries and regions and any other third country complying with the rules on access to the Community's external assistance, this includes: public or para-statal bodies, non-state actors, private bodies, financial institutions and natural persons.

Each call for proposals will establish its specific eligibility criteria.

Last update: 17/02/2012 | Top