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Food Security and Livelihoods in First Phase Emergency 48-Hours Assessment Tool – Objectives and Guidance Notes


The purpose of this tool is to obtain a quick understanding of the emergency food security and livelihood situation within the first few days after a rapid-onset disaster. This tool is independent of other inter-agency multi-sectoral assessments such as the MIRA and collects information only on food security and livelihoods. However, this tool can be used alongside processes such as the MIRA to complement them with more detailed food security and livelihoods information necessary for rapid response design. The results of this initial assessment are aimed to inform the design of first phase responses, for the first 6 to 8 weeks after the disaster occurred. A more detailed assessment is expected to take place at a later date, led by food security and livelihood specialists. This tool has been developed specifically for (i) humanitarian staff with no or limited technical skills (e.g.: humanitarian programme managers) and/or (ii) food security and livelihoods technical staff with little experience of rapid-onset disasters in urban and rural contexts (e.g.: staff usually involved in long-term livelihood programming). 

Global Food Security Cluster
Original Publication Date: 
01 Jan 2013
Document type: 
Inter-Cluster Coordination