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Guidance for Adapting Food Security Data Collection to be more Disability Inclusive

March 2024 — By Ulrike Last, Madeline Sahagun, Mina Mojtahedi

Gathering comprehensive, accurate, and representative data is crucial for designing and implementing effective food security interventions that cater to the needs of persons with disabilities. By ensuring inclusive data collection, food security actors can develop comprehensive projects that address the specific needs of vulnerable and marginalized populations, ultimately leading to more equitable and sustainable food security outcomes.

Funded by the European Union Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), Humanity & Inclusion (HI) implemented a global initiative, “From Guidelines to Action (FG2A).” Through this initiative, HI worked on Promoting Learning, Localization and Adaptation of the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with disabilities in humanitarian action for disability-inclusive coordination, data collection and programming at the global level. The project addressed three main gaps identified by humanitarian actors, including representatives of persons with disabilities working in humanitarian assistance:

  1. Gaps in knowledge & evidence relating to inter-sectoral coordination mechanisms for disability and age inclusion.
  2. Lack of available toolsets to review, adapt and revise data collection tools to ensure disability-specific needs, barriers, risks, and capacities.
  3. Gaps in knowledge, confidence, and skills of field-based humanitarian partners, including organizations of persons with disabilities relating to the IASC guidelines and their application.

Through the FG2A initiative, HI led the development of a guidance on how to adapt organization’s food security data collection tools to generate better information on persons with disabilities. HI facilitated a series of RAAL (Review, Adapt, Action Learning and Laboratory) workshops in Somalia and Syria with local actors, OPDs and international organizations. In addition, HI established a technical task force comprised of global food security experts and conducted training and webinars on the new guidance.

This document presents the links to the Tool, How-To-Note, PowerPoint Presentation and Webinar recording.