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Is resilience a useful concept in the context of food security and nutrition programmes? Some conceptual and practical considerations

Christophe Béné (), Derek Headey (), Lawrence Haddad and Klaus Grebmer
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Christophe Béné: University of Sussex
Lawrence Haddad: University of Sussex
Klaus Grebmer: International Food Policy Research Institute

Food Security: The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food, 2016, vol. 8, issue 1, No 15, 123-138

Abstract: Abstract With the developing world increasingly exposed to severe shocks and stresses, a growing number of international development agencies have now adopted resilience building as a critical long-term objective for their programmes. This paper explores the potential for this concept in the context of food security and nutrition but the reflection extends to development interventions more generally. Resilience is a rich concept, and has at its core the notion of complex dynamic processes that aptly describes the nature and dynamics of vulnerability and changes as they affect the developing world. The paper argues that the main value of resilience lies in its integrative nature, which facilitates greater collaboration between traditionally disparate groups and communities of practices. The paper also stresses some of the key conceptual and practical challenges that we face when trying to operationalise and measure resilience.

Keywords: Resilience; Food security and nutrition programmes; Shocks; Development; Measurement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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