Linking emergency aid to food and nutrition security

There has been a substantial increase in the number and impact of natural disasters such as earth quake of Nepal April 2015. But also man-made crisis and disasters are increasing and many conflicts have remained unresolved. Emergency or food aid, although necessary, is often criticised as a donor driven response, creating dependency in the short term, and undermining initiatives for local agricultural development in the longer term. Usually, only a few incentives exists to encourage people to build a better life and prevent them from falling back into avoidable situations where they need assistance again.

Organised by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Mon 28 November 2016 until Fri 9 December 2016

Avoiding the pitfalls of help-induced dependency

Closing the gap between emergency aid and development

In this course we will explore how to bridge the gap between emergency assistance and developmental food and livelihood security support. Building resilience of livelihoods is necessary to make the position of households robust. Responses to emergency situations have to be seen and used as an initial step towards sustainable development.

The course is targeted at professionals from the field of food and nutrition security, responsible for emergency planning. Highly skilled experts will facilitate the course to ensure participants learn to make use of theoretical and conceptual thinking on food and nutrition security. The training approach is interactive, experience- as well as evidence-based. We will work with practical examples of policies and programmes of the critical path of transition from aid to food and nutrition security.

Course  objectives

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • have insight in the typology of emergencies – and the responses that contribute to food security;
  • have clear ideas for lobby and advocacy for policies to facilitate a more developmental approach to emergencies;
  • be able to apply tools for developing programs or interventions to contribute to structural development.

Target audience

You are a mid-career professional (BSc degree) working for a governmental or local non-governmental organisation as a policy or planning officer, or you are in a managing or co-ordinating position in one of the following areas:

  • food ad nutrition security responsiblity for emergency situations;
  • planning, management and/or implementation of a community food and nutrition security programme or rural development programme in fragile areas;
  • civil society involved of structural development in emergency areas.

You are proficient in English.