Community based responses to food insecurity

Type Paper, Occasional Paper
Authorship Mukherjee, Amitava
Language English
Series CAPSA Occasional Paper No. 1
Year of Publication 2010
Place of Publication
Classification Num. 338.439.6 Muk c
Physical Description 41 p.
Document Open


This paper, after a brief reference to conceptual framework within which to analyze community responses and clarifying special terms used, discusses how communities associate well-being with food security. The paper then presents a set of community responses to prevent food insecurity or deal with it once it sets in. The responses described here are set out in a particular order: production response; increasing food availability; increasing economic access to food; consumption responses; food storage and protection responses; multiple coping responses and finally distress measures. Because, in some cases, communities respond to a given food insecurity situation in more than one way, the paper also includes a few examples of integrated community responses to deal with food insecurity. Policy conclusions are drawn based on these experiences.