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Phased agricultural livelihood needs assessment framework and tools

Phased agricultural livelihood needs assessment framework and tools
Aug 2016

Assessments are a crucial element of the entire humanitarian programme cycle, informing decision-making processes and response options. Those undertaken by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) primarily focus on the agricultural capacity, food security, nutrition and livelihoods of crisis-affected populations.

The purpose of the Phased Agricultural Livelihood Needs Assessment Framework and Tools document is to provide minimum common standard assessment indicators and survey methodologies to understand and address the food security and agriculture needs of populations affected by crises. The technical annexes to the document include checklists and questionnaire templates to conduct assessments. The goal is to establish a standardized corporate framework and toolbox to guide FAO staff in conducting emergency needs assessments. This forms part of a broader effort to streamline and standardize emergency preparedness and response procedures and processes within the Organization.

The Guide is structured around the five pre- and post-crisis needs assessment phases presented in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Operational Guidance for Coordinated Assessments in Humanitarian Crises.