The Global Food Crisis Response: Review of Lessons Learned
In August 2008, Mercy Corps and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched the Global Food Crisis Response (GFCR) to provide immediate and longer-term assistance to households in five countries that were severely impacted by food shortage: the Central African Republic (CAR), Nepal, Niger, Somalia, and Sri Lanka. The program used a hybrid of emergency and development approaches in an accelerated 8-month timeframe to enable more than 75,000 people to move from asset depletion towards asset generation. This paper takes a critical look at the GFCR program design and evaluates the efficacy of adopting an aggressive market-based approach to a crisis context in intervention countries.
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