Beyond Relief
Food Security in Protracted Crises

Paper: 978 1 85339 660 1 / $35.95
Published: November 2008  

Publisher: Practical Action
272 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4"
In many countries, prolonged conflicts result in food emergencies that recur over years or even decades. Initial humanitarian relief efforts are rarely replaced by programs 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.

Table of Contents:
Preface - P. Pingali; Acknowledgements; Tables, boxes and figures; Acronyms and abbreviations; Contributors; 1) Food Security in protracted crisis situations: Issues and Challenges - Luca Ruso, Gunter Hemrich, Luca Alinovi, and Denise Melvin; PART I: CASE STUDIES FROM SUDAN 2) Crisis and food security profile: Sudan - Luca Russo; 3) Responding to protracted crises: The principled model of NMPACT in Sudan - Sara Pantuliano; 4) Policies, practice and participation in protraced crises: The case of livestock interventions in southern Sudan - Andy Catley, Tim Leyland and Suzan Bishop; PART II: CASE STUDIES FROM SOMALIA 5) Crisis and food security profile: Somalia - Peter D. Little; 6) Livelihoods, assets and food security in a protracted political crisis: The case of the Jubba Region, southern Somalia - Peter D. Little; 7) Livestock and livelihoods in protracted crisis: The case of southern Somalia - Suzan Bishop, Andy Catley and Habiba Sheik Hassan; PART III: STUDIES FROM THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO 8) Crisis and food security profile: The Democratic Republic of the Congo - Koen Vlassenroot and Timothy Raeymaekers; 9) Conflict and food security in Beni-Lubero: Back to the future? - Timothy Raeymaekers; 10) Land tenure, conflict and household strategies in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo - Koen Vlassenroot; PART IV: CONCLUSIONS 11) Beyond the blueprint: Implications for food security analysis and policy responses - Luca Russo, Luca Alinovi and Gunter Hemrich; Notes; Index

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Reviews & Endorsements:
"A must read book for humanitarian and development professionals working in protracted crisis settings. This book marries sound analysis of the context and drivers of food insecurity in protracted crisis settings with useful case studies from the most important problem areas in Africa."
- Dr. Nancy Mock, Associate Professor and Head of the Interdepartmental Program in Complex Emergency and Disaster Studies , Tulane University
"This book's combination of political realism and scientific rigor is a welcome change and is no more than the citizens caught up in protraced crises deserve."
- Dr. Peter Walker , Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, USA, Irwin H. Rosenberg Professor of Nutrition and Human Security,