In many countries, prolonged conflicts result in food emergencies that recur over years or even decades. Initial humanitarian relief efforts are rarely replaced by programmes that offer a longer-term perspective on food security. This book provides examples of opportunities to bridge the gap between emergency relief and longer term developmental approaches, which can help us rethink how to support food security in protracted crises. Somalia, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo have all been affected by severe protracted crises. For the first time, evidence and in-depth analysis from these countries sheds light on how to support the livelihoods of local populations. Using concrete examples, Beyond Relief demonstrates how food security means different things in different contexts while also advocating a crosscutting learning process for longer-term approaches to protracted crisis. Published in association with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Luca Alinovi is a Senior Agricultural Economist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Programme Manager of the EC-FAO Food Security Information for Action Programme Gunter Hemrich has worked as a Food Systems Economist with FAO, focusing on food security issues in crisis situations. He is currently Programme Coordinator for FAO's Economic and Social Development Department. Luca Russo is an Agricultural Economist with over twenty years of experience in agricultural development and food security issues. He currently works as a Food Security Analyst in the EC-FAO Food Security Information for Action Programme.