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Market Information and Food Insecurity Response Analysis

February 2009 — By Christopher B. Barrett, Robert Bell, Erin C. Lentz, Daniel G. Maxwell

This paper outlines the importance and rationale for agencies to undertake a “response analysis” before choosing an appropriate programme delivery mechanism to a humanitarian situation. The Market Information and Food Insecurity Response Analysis (MIFIRA) framework is introduced. This provides a logically sequenced set of questions, and corresponding analytical tools to help operational agencies anticipate the likely impact of alternative responses (food and/or cash-based) at a household level and local market level, and thereby identify the response that best fits a given food insecurity context.