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

Degree Name

MA in International and Intercultural Management

First Advisor

Corey Michaud


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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