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Seminar on Resilience-Based Programming in Somalia

Jointly organized by the Economic and Social Development Department (ES) and the Technical Cooperation Department (TC) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations
13 Dec 2012, Italy



When:  13th December 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Where: Sheikh Zayed Centre – FAO-HQ Rome
Language: English

Enhancing “Resilience” involves enabling those that are most at-risk to better withstand shocks and enhancing their ability to adapt to a changing environment. Resilience-based approaches are therefore considered to be especially relevant in improving people’s  food and nutrition security and livelihoods in the most fragile and food insecure country contexts. As a consequence, today there is unprecedented support for resilience-based programmes in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa. The growing consensus on resilience is nonetheless tenuous since not all observers are clear on how resilience differs from more traditional approaches such as sustainable development and on how the approach can be effectively operationalized.

The  seminar will look at the rationale and drivers behind the new agenda on resilience, with a particular emphasis on the case of the Horn of Africa. It will review some of the latest conceptual debates, in particular the analytical linkages between resilience, vulnerability and growth. The example of Somalia, where FAO, UNICEF and WFP are currently leading the implementation of a joint resilience strategy, will be used to discuss the relevance of community-based resilience, the feasibility of comprehensive programmes ‘at scale’, and the possibility of drawing lessons for other country contexts, with a focus on fragile country contexts in particular in the Horn of Africa.


Mr. Kostas Stamoulis, Director Agricultural Development Economics Division, FAO


  • Mr. Luca Alinovi, Senior Emergency and Rehabilitation Coordinator and Officer-in-Charge, FAO Somalia
  • Mr. Ky Luu, Executive Director Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, Tulane University (USA)
  • Mr. Dan Maxwell, Associate Professor and Research Director Feinstein International Center Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
  • Mr. Jan Arthur Sienczewski, Minister Counsellor - Delegation of the European Union to the Holy See, to the Order of Malta and to the UN Agencies in Rome

For more details please see the background note on the seminar discussion.

The “Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction” programme is funded by the European Union with additional resources provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The programme is managed by FAO and collaborates with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP)”