Devex Examines Efforts To Simultaneously Implement Emergency Relief, Development Programs In Countries With Food Security Crises
Devex: The U.N. is pushing for a dual-track response to the food insecurity crises. Is this feasible?
“Humanitarian responses to simultaneous food insecurity crises and famines in four countries across Africa and the Middle East remain firmly in the emergency response stage, leaving little room for necessary development work, according to interviews with international NGO workers in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. Last month, three of the United Nations’ highest-ranking officials called for a push beyond emergency work, and lobbied for a ‘dual track’ response, meaning development work should accompany the necessary humanitarian relief work underway. … However, the current multiple crises are seeing that strategy run into some difficulties…” (Lieberman, 4/3).