Emergency Food Planning

The pandemic has sharply highlighted the need for cities to prepare themselves for disruptions to their local food system. From November 2021 to February 2022, we will be hosting a webinar series in which we explore emergency food planning within the context of four different types of food system disruptions. Cities will learn strategies and be provided with actionable resources to develop emergency food and recovery plans tailored to their city’s unique food system pressures. We will also discuss how to gain input from subject matter experts and food system organizations to make sure the plans are efficient, equitable and in alignment with broader sustainability and food system goals.


Speakers will include experts, policymakers and practitioners from across the world. Each webinar will be accompanied with learning resources and videos will be shared under each heading once the webinar has taken place. Register for the webinars below.

1. Strategies for emergency food planning motivated by the pandemic

The pandemic was a wakeup call, as many cities found that they were not adequately prepared to handle the subsequent emergency food crisis. In this webinar, we focus on the spike in food insecurity due to increased poverty and inflated food prices. We will revisit Pune and Milan to hear about their progress and the ultimate impact of the pandemic on their food system. Cities will learn strategies and policy interventions to address this type of emergency food crisis. 

Wednesday 3rd November, 14:00PM GMT

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6.58 - Sylvie Wabbes, FAO: Multi-risk management for resilient agriculture and food systems (download presentation)

25.06 - Bobby Zachariah, Pune: Emergency collaborative COVID response (download presentation)

39.58 - Andrea Margarini, Milan: Milan experience (download presentation)

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Local food systems and COVID-19: A glimpse on India’s responses

  • This article explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food systems and details strategies employed by the Indian government to mitigate the effects of the crisis on food security in India.
  • Explanations of the pandemic’s impact on food systems, particularly harvesting and post-harvesting activities are provided, and detailed descriptions of successful strategies employed by various levels of the Indian government and other key stakeholders are provided.
  • This case study provides important lessons learned from the impacts of COVID-19 on food systems and is a useful resource for local and national governments, as well as on-the-ground practitioners as they consider how to plan for this kind of emergency

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Local food systems and COVID-19: A glimpse on India’s responses (2020)

Impacts of COVID-19 on food security and nutrition: developing effective policy responses to address the hunger and malnutrition pandemic

  • This report is a comprehensive review of the numerous issues affecting food systems as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and includes an in-depth analysis of the pandemic’s effects on food security worldwide. 
  • Six key dimensions of food insecurity, as well as on-the-ground dynamics of COVID-19 threatening food security, are explored in detail.
  • The report concludes with lessons learned and recommendations for future policy shifts to achieve food security following this crisis, and provides a useful starting point for cities, national governments, and civil society actors as they plan for the wide scope and effects of this kind of crisis on food systems.  

Impacts of COVID-19 on food security and nutrition: developing effective policy responses to address the hunger and malnutrition pandemic (2021)

Food Security and COVID-19

  • This brief article by the World Bank reviews risks to food security, including inflated prices and reduced incomes, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Interventions supported by the World Bank at the country level throughout the world are described. The articles details support in the forms of monetary aid for small-scale farmers, emergency food kit distribution, purchasing seeds and fertilizer for farmers, funding community kitchens, and monetary support for feeding young children through the crisis.
  • This article provides examples of how funding programs in the agricultural sector and elsewhere has helped support people worldwide through the pandemic, and is useful for those planning for financial resource allocation during this kind of crisis.

Photo credit: Kwame Amo/Shutterstock

Food Security and COVID-19 (2021)
 

Tactics to Try: Birmingham, UK, Case Study

  • This Tactics to Try case study highlights the innovative and successful efforts taken in Birmingham, England to rapidly address rising food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. It describes how the voluntary sector worked together—in partnership with the local authority—to solve three key problems in emergency food response: (1) how to rapidly respond to the crisis; (2) how to identify in real-time those in need of emergency food; and (3) how to efficiently distribute and deliver emergency food. The case study shows the tremendous power of voluntary organisations to collectively address an emergency food crisis.

Tactics to Try: Birmingham, UK, Case Study

URBAN LOCKDOWN LESSONS FOR SOUTH AFRICA: INSIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR EQUITABLE FOOD SYSTEMS

  • This report by WWF South Africa is a case study focusing broadly on creating urban food systems in South Africa that are more resilient to shocks and stresses, with particular attention to the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and food insecurity. 
  • Sections of this report point to the need for urban food policies that plan for increasing urban populations, climate change, and food security while also including specific actions taken in urban areas to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and climate change.
  • The case study concludes with a call-to-action for local governments to ensure the right to food and nutrition. The report contains valuable information for local governments and civil society actors at the city-level through detailed descriptions of how cities in South Africa managed lockdown and continue to grapple with the effects of climate change on food systems. 
     

URBAN LOCKDOWN LESSONS FOR SOUTH AFRICA: INSIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR EQUITABLE FOOD SYSTEMS (2020)

2. Emergency food plans for refugees, migrants and communities in crisis  

In the second webinar of our series, we explore cities grappling with feeding refugees, migrants and displaced people and the impacts on their local food system. Emergency food planning for this type of crisis needs to be culturally competent and sustainable. We will hear from experts and cities on the different types of local food system impacts that may be expected and learn about specific strategies and policy interventions to include in an emergency food plan. 

Wednesday 24th November, 14:00PM GMT

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6.58 - Tiziana Zoccheddu, WFP: WFP's role in refugee assistance 

28.20 - Catherine Gimono, WFP: Cash based refugee assistance in Uganda (download presentation - shared with Tiziana)

38.50 - Fuat Ozharat, Metropolitan Municipality Foreign Affairs Department Gaziantep, Turkey: Gaziantep Governance model in migration management (download presentation) (please also see detailed case study in resources below)

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World Food Programme in Cox's Bazaar: Information Booklet

•    This report describes the successful interventions of the World Food Programme in a large Rohingya refugee settlement, Cox’s Bazaar, in Bangladesh, providing details on specific challenges and how the WFP is working to address them.
•    It describes the partnerships with United Nations organizations and NGOs (national and international), making this a useful resource for communities seeking to coordinate aid to reach refugee communities.
 

WFP in Cox’s Bazaar: Information Booklet (2021)

Cities are at the Front Lines of Climate and Migration: Mayors Must Get a Seat at the Climate Policy-Making Table

•    This article argues for the inclusion of local city governments in making policy and investment decisions about the increasing number of climate-displaced people since most will be moving into urban areas.
•    The successful efforts of mayors in cities in Sierra Leone, the United States, and Bangladesh in managing both the climate crisis and the people displaced by it are described.
•    This article is useful for cities seeking to engage with larger governing bodies to reduce risk and manage crises.

Cities are at the Front Lines of Climate and Migration: Mayors Must Get a Seat at the Climate Policy-Making Table. Al Jazeera Opinion (2021)

Why Haiti’s Food System is So Hard to Fix 

•    This visual article from Devex describes the numerous difficulties of providing emergency food in Haiti.
•    It highlights the relatively high cost of procuring local food (versus imports) for aid agencies in some countries and the consequences for local farmers and building resilient food systems (the short-run/long-run trade off of emergency food procurement).

Why Haiti’s Food System is So Hard to Fix (2021)

Refugees and Conflict-Affected People: Integrating Displaced Communities into Food Systems. 

•    This chapter in IFRPI’s Global Food Policy Report looks at emergency food for refugees around the world, including examining the conflict-based food insecurity crisis in Yemen 
•    It includes a discussion of the cash transfer programs often used to provide food and other resources to refugees and migrants
•    The authors present several important policy interventions that have been successful in both the short-term and long-term, and are useful references for cities planning for emergency food aid for refugees and displaced people.

Global Food Policy Report 2020: Building Inclusive Food Systems

Tactics to Try: Gaziantep, Turkey, Case Study

  • This Tactics to Try case study takes a long-term and city-level perspective on emergency food planning for refugees that highlights the complex mix of policies and strategies that need to be developed to support sustainable food access. It describes how the municipal government of Gaziantep has leveraged local, national and international resources to feed a very large Syrian refugee population for over a decade. This case study demonstrates how planning at the municipal level is critical to ensure refugees receive both immediate and long-term food aid.

Tactics to Try: Gaziantep, Turkey, Case Study

3. Planning for filling the gap when food stores are forced to close 

In the third webinar of our series, we address the impact of a natural disaster on local food systems, which may cause significant disruptions to food supply chains, physical barriers to accessing food and the closure of food stores. In this type of situation, emergency food response and recovery plans need to be aligned with broader emergency management plans, prioritized within these plans, and include leveraging various food assets to ensure all residents have access to food over an extended period. 

Wednesday 15th December, 14:00PM GMT

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4. Emergency food plans in the context of chronic food insecurity

The fourth webinar in our series is focused on emergency food planning in cities that do not have robust food supply chains, who have to deal with food shortages on a regular basis. In this situation, vulnerable populations may be chronically food insecure. Policy interventions are needed to address underlying food supply chain issues, while emergency food plans need to include rapid assessments, rapid deployment and feedback loops, to make sure food shortages are addressed efficiently and equitably. 

Wednesday 12th January, 14:00PM GMT

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5. A roadmap for creating your city’s emergency food response and recovery plan

The final webinar of our series provides a roadmap for integrating what you have learned in the previous webinars to create an emergency food response and recovery plan that addresses your city’s unique food system pressures. We will also explore how emergency food plans may be integrated into a city’s broader food strategy and how to move from plan to implementation. The webinar will also point participants to relevant resources on the Learning Platform for ongoing support. 

Wednesday 2nd February, 14:00PM GMT

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