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Simon Maxwell

Is Food Security Targeting Possible In Sub-Saharan Africa? Evidence From North Sudan

'Is Food Security Targeting Possible In Sub-Saharan Africa? Evidence From North Sudan', in IDS Bulletin 21:3 July 1990 (with J. Swift and M. Buchanan-Smith)

SummaryTargeting food security interventions in sub-Saharan Africa presents special difficulties and has rarely been successful. A case study of Darfur in Western Sudan shows that targeting can be improved. The key is to focus not just on safeguarding current income and food consumption, but also on long term livelihood interventions that reduce vulnerability; and to do this with programmes which are geographically specific, self-targeting in administrative terms and designed inter alia to support traditional community food security arrangements. Consistency in food policy at macro and micro levels is also important.

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