Promoting and mapping rigorous evaluations in humanitarian settings
In 2022, 274 million people needed humanitarian assistance. During an emergency, it can be difficult to ensure that commonly-implemented interventions are appropriate and effective, and even more challenging to assess by how much. Despite this, rigorous evidence on the effects of humanitarian interventions is growing and can help guide policymakers and practitioners. As part of the Humanitarian Assistance Evidence Cycle (HAEC) Award, 3ie is working on mapping the evidence on food security interventions in humanitarian settings and will conduct a curriculum development program to upskill practitioners to conduct impact evaluations in humanitarian settings.
Mapping evidence gaps in interventions improving food security in humanitarian settings
Today, nearly 193 million people are living in a food crisis while 49 million are experiencing alarming levels of hunger. 3ie is mapping the evidence (and gaps) in food security interventions in humanitarian settings by collating all ongoing and existing impact evaluations and systematic reviews on this topic. Read this blog for details on the scope of the map, the types of interventions and outcomes we are covering, and the criteria for study inclusion.
Food security exists when all people have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food at all times (FAO, 1996). During a humanitarian emergency, an individual’s ability to purchase food is adversely affected due to loss of income (Maxwell et al., 2008), while food production and transportation can also be severely disrupted (Bora et al., 2010).
Given the different reasons causing food insecurity during an emergency, responses to this issue have been multi-sectoral. Agricultural interventions look to ensure food production continues, while market-based interventions aim to ensure individuals are still able to engage in their livelihood.
With this in mind, 3ie is mapping the existing evidence on food security interventions in humanitarian settings. A multi-sectoral intervention framework will allow the evidence gap map (EGM) to capture all interventions that aim to improve food security during emergencies.
3ie is also leading capacity-building activities to support the production and use of impact evaluations in humanitarian settings. 3ie is developing online impact evaluation training material for researchers, policymakers, and implementing partners.
Evidence Gap Map
Food security in humanitarian settings evidence gap map
This EGM provides an overview of rigorous evidence on the impact of food security interventions in humanitarian settings. This map is part of the Humanitarian Assistance Evidence Cycle (HAEC) Award, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA).