IRIN Examines Key Lessons For Adapting Food Security Response To Urban Settings

“With the vast majority of population growth taking place in towns and cities, according to the U.N., aid agencies are adapting their food security responses to better fit into urban contexts,” IRIN reports. The news service provides a list of lessons that can be applied to this effort, including not overestimating “urban resilience”; distributing cash and vouchers, which “are often more appropriate than food distributions in urban settings”; coordinating with local authorities; using technologies to “assist in urban distributions”; designing and funding all new programs “with a strong monitoring and evaluation capacity”; allotting more time and resources “to tracking and targeting urban populations”; considering “alternatives to large-scale distribution”; and establishing “program boundaries” (12/18).