TOPS: Creating Pathways from Learning to Practice in the Food Security and Nutrition Community
The Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) Program was launched in 2010 with a mission to strengthen the U.S. Government’s efforts to end global hunger by facilitating knowledge sharing and learning among USAID’s development food assistance partners.
For seven years, The TOPS Program has worked to generate, capture, disseminate, and apply the highest-quality information and tools to strengthen capacity and establish best practices among practitioners in the multifaceted food security and nutrition community. By improving performance of these programs, TOPS has been helping improve food security and nutrition at the community and household levels around the world.
USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) funds a large portfolio of programs to tackle food insecurity and help build resilience in communities facing chronic poverty and recurring crises like drought and civil disorder. Looking well beyond direct food aid, areas of work include agriculture, livelihoods, malnutrition prevention, and disaster risk reduction, among others. Employing a multi-sectoral approach, The TOPS Program has focused its collaborative knowledge sharing and learning activities in both technical and cross-cutting areas, including agriculture and natural resource management, commodity management, nutrition and food technology, gender, knowledge management, social and behavioral change, and monitoring and evaluation.
In implementing TOPS, Save the Children has led a strong consortium of experienced food security organizations, including CORE Group, Food for the Hungry, Mercy Corps, and TANGO International, each of which has brought specialized expertise to the program.
Read this document to learn more about the accomplishments of The TOPS Program!