Title

Hunger relief in times of crisis : the challenges of emergency food programs responding to disaster, food for work in Hondurus and the Dominican Republic

Publication Date

1-1-2000

Degree Name

MA in International and Intercultural Management

First Advisor

Corey Michaud

Abstract

This capstone paper examines the various administrative, programmatic and ideological obstacles to operating a food for work program during a food emergency following a disaster. These include administrative obstacles associated with the logistics of food transport, storage and distribution, as well as coordination problems between implementing organizations and with local counterparts; programmatic obstacles caused by environmental factors that hinder program impact and sustainability; and ideological obstacles resulting from the growing opposition of development theorists to food aid. The paper analyzes qualitative data from a combination of sources, including a review of the literature, questionnaires by professional relief workers, and the author's personal observations as a food for work program coordinator in Honduras and the Dominican Republic. In the Conclusions section of the paper a presentation of the necessary conditions for a successful food for work program is given.

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