Collaboration with the FIRST initiative
FIRST (Food and Nutrition Security Impact, Resilience, Sustainability and Transformation) is an initiative of the European Union implemented by FAO, which provides assistance and capacity development support through a network of policy officers and technical experts. Currently, FIRST Policy Officers are working in seven out of the ten NIPN countries. Since 2017, the NIPN Global Support Facility has engaged with the FIRST officers at headquarter and country level. In some countries, where FIRST and NIPN are both well established, such as in Ethiopia, Niger and Guatemala, the FIRST Policy Officer is already working closely with the NIPN Policy Advisor and potential linkages and areas of collaboration have been identified. One form of collaboration envisaged is the membership of the FIRST Officer in the NIPN Multisectoral Advisory Committee (MAC), which is the body that links the NIPN core team with the national multisectoral nutrition coordination systems. Beyond this participation, other forms of collaboration are occurring and encouraged, including the implementation of common activities, such as the organisation of joint trainings and events as well as coordinated advocacy and support to ministries and other national partners.