Agricultural Development Economics

Food security in emergencies

Our work on food security in emergencies focuses on preventing or mitigating crisis; bridging the gap between short and long term responses to crises; and strengthening the resilience of households, livelihoods, communities and countries to shock and stress. Broadly defined research areas are:

- food security in conflict,
- chronic crises and complex emergencies,
- links between HIV/AIDS and food insecurity, and
- reducing vulnerability to different types of crises, including natural disasters.

For each of these areas we analyse the economic, political and social causes of food insecurity; assesses the food security impact of crisis and crisis response; elaborates criteria and information needs to better characterise and understand crises; and give guidance to programme and policy responses.

Integrated Food Security Phase Classification
The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) is a standardised tool that aims at providing a “common currency” for classifying food security.

Global Governance for Hunger Reduction Programme
The “Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction”  programme seeks to concretely improve the way in which the global community works together to eradicate hunger and malnutrition.

Food Security and Complex Emergencies
The Food Security and Complex Emergencies information portal was a comprehensive online database that focused on various aspects of emergencies as they relate to food security. Follow this link for presentations and reports from this project.