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Global and Regional Emergency Issues








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    Disaster risk management systems analysis - A guide book 2008
    The Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Systems Analysis Guide provides a set of tools and methods to assess existing structures and capacities of national, district and local institutions with responsibilities for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in order to improve their effectiveness and the integration of DRM concerns into development planning, with particular reference to disaster-prone areas, vulnerable sectors and population groups. The strategic use of the Guide is expected to enhance understan ding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing existing DRM institutional structures and their implications for on-going institutional change processes. It will also highlight the complex institutional linkages among various actors and sectors at different levels. Finally, it will help identify gaps within the existing DRM institutions and/or systems including sectoral line agencies that are often responsible for implementing the technical aspects of DRM (e.g. agriculture, water and health sectors).
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    Food security as a policy goal in the complex emergencies context and links between information, analysis and programming
    FAO International Workshop on “Food Security in Complex Emergencies: building policy frameworks to address longer-term programming challenges” Tivoli, 23-25 September 2003
    2003
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    Countries that manifest high levels of food insecurity genearlly experience in high levels of conflict, which results in complex emergencies. These countries need to adopt well-planned, short-, medium- and long-term measures to improve their food security situation. The food security policy should cover all sectors of the food chain, including increasing food availability through production and importation, improving marketing efficiency, increasing people’s purchasing power and setting up effec tive early warning and food information systems (EWFIS). An effective EWFIS should use data spanning the entire food chain (ie meteorological, remote sensing, agricultural statistics etc). EWFIS is useful not only for monitoring the food security situation to detect areas and segments of the population that are facing deterioriating food security, but also for providing relevant data (eg baseline data, vulnerability maps etc) need for longer term planning to move the affected populations from vu lnerability to sustainable development.
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    The Coping Strategies Index: A tool for rapidly measuring food security and the impact of food aid programs in emergencies
    FAO International Workshop on “Food Security in Complex Emergencies: building policy frameworks to address longer-term programming challenges” Tivoli, 23-25 September 2003
    2003
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    This paper looks at the Coping Strategies Index, which was developed by CARE to provide regular measurements for monitoring changes in food security and assessing the impact of food aid interventions in highly food insecure countries. The CSI is an indicator of household food security that is relatively simple and quick to use, straightfoward to understand and correlates well with more complex measures of food security.

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