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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







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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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    RIMA-II: Moving Forward the Development of the Resilience Index Measurement and Analysis Model 2016
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    Building more resilient livelihoods is increasingly being recognized as one of the most powerful means to mitigate – or even prevent – food security crises. Since 2008, FAO has been at the forefront of efforts to measure the resilience capacity of people to food insecurity and the effectiveness of resilience strenghtening interventions. In this framework, FAO has pioneered the development and the use of Resilience Index Measurement and Analysis (RIMA). RIMA is an innovative quantitative approach that allow explaining why and how some households cope with shocks and stressors better than others do. The first version of RIMA has been technically improved based on its application in 10 countries. As a result, the new RIMA-II methodology provides better support for more effectively designing, delivering, monitoring and evaluating assistance to populations in need, based on what they need most.
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    Lebanon: Impact assessment of the escalating hostilities in southern Lebanon on agriculture, food security and livelihoods
    DIEM-Impact report, February 2024
    2024
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    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture in Lebanon, conducted a household survey between 31 October and 30 November 2023 using computer-assisted telephone interviews. These interviews were part of the FAO Data in Emergencies Monitoring (DIEM-Monitoring) System which monitors the impact of shocks on agricultural livelihoods and food security. The survey targeted the agricultural population using the sampling frame of agricultural holdings from the 2010 Lebanon Agricultural Census. Additional survey questions were added to assess the impact of the escalating hostilities in southern Lebanon on farmers’ agricultural livelihoods and food security.FAO established Data in Emergencies Impact (DIEM-Impact) to provide a granular and rapid understanding of the impact of large-scale hazards on agriculture and agricultural livelihoods using a variety of assessment methodologies, including primary and secondary information, remote sensing technologies, and FAO’s damage and loss methodology. DIEM-Impact presents a regularly updated and accessible state of food insecurity in fragile environments and helps underpin FAO's programming based on evidence.

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