Food and the city

December 18, 2013

"National and local government agencies are almost always more present in cities than in rural areas, which can make it easier for international humanitarian actors to locate and work with them...At the same time, the multiplicity of actors involved means there is usually less clarity about who is in charge. Several agencies - including Action against Hunger (ACF), the World Food Programme and Oxfam - recommend mapping political structures, power relations and interests at the beginning of an intervention. Some of the most efficient urban emergency responses are linked to a government-led existing social security system that targets the vulnerable."