Food is vital, as it constitutes the basis for life. It is not only the main source of nutritional welfare, a guarantee of good health and a factor in reducing poverty but it also allows communities to reduce the impact of crises that could fall on them. Achieving food and nutrition security and improving people`s livelihoods in a sustainable manner is therefore key to the efforts of the IFRC to save lives, protect livelihoods and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises and enable healthy and safe living. The IFRC supports Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies to assist local communities in setting up long term food security programs. These programs are carried out in a participative way where communities actively manage their own development projects.