Re: Addressing food insecurity in protracted crises: Resilience-building programming

Marie Chantal Messier Switzerland

It is not just about scale. It is about focusing and targeting the limited resources where it will bring the higher return on investments to prevent potential irreversible damage to human capital: that is prioritizing evidence based interventions on individuals in the first 1,000 days of life as well as the most vulnerables: the poorest, the less educated, people in rural areas and the indigenous.

It is also about delivering priority interventions to build resilience to shock and working across sectors to ensure that food and nutrition security policies are mainstreamed into a a variety of sectors such as WASH, emergency response to help countries faced with transitioning from stable times into and out of crisis.  It is also important to have a robust M&E system to be able to continuously improve the efficiency of the response.

In order to reduce inefficiencies and service-delivery gaps, it is important that countries invest in the set up of appropriate programs in stable times, in order to be able to seize the opportunity of existing programs to expand coverage in times of crisis and emergency.

The World Bank has produced a toolkit that aims to improve the resilience of the most vulnerable in times of intensified nutritional needs.  The toolkit comprises three main components: policy guidance  for decision makers; a country benchmarking assessment tool to evaluate countries’ readiness toprotect the nutritional status of the most vulnerable and case studies showcasing how numerous countries in Latin America and in the Carribean have build resilience to food and nutrition insecurity. The interactive Toolkit can be downloaded in English and Spanish on the following link.,,contentMDK:23342299~pagePK:34004173~piPK:34003707~theSitePK:4160378,00.html