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Guy Jackson. Photo.

Guy Jackson

Postdoctoral Fellow

Guy Jackson. Photo.

The influence of emergency food aid on the causal disaster vulnerability of Indigenous food systems

Author

  • Guy Jackson

Summary, in English

Emergency food aid is the dominant humanitarian response to food insecurity precipitated by disasters. There is a significant literature on food aid effectiveness (e.g., bolstering food security, targeting, modality selection) in various disaster contexts. Additionally, there are some studies on the potential disincentive effects on agricultural production among other unintended consequences. However, there has been no explicit research on the possible effects of emergency food aid on the causal disaster vulnerability of Indigenous food systems. This research, based within the remote Bedamuni tribe of Western Province, Papua New Guinea, addresses this gap. The Bedamuni first received emergency food aid in response to the 1997 El Niño drought, followed by the 2015/16 El Niño and February 2018 Highlands earthquake. We identify first sustained contact (1962), the subsequent establishment of a mission (1968), and the societal changes that followed as more pronounced drivers of vulnerability. However, emergency food aid exacerbates several key determinants of vulnerability such as declining self-efficacy and adaptive capacity, in addition to encouraging unsustainable food system practices. This paper argues for a more holistic understanding of causal vulnerability in food systems and renewed critique regarding the use of emergency food aid in rural Indigenous contexts.

Publishing year

2020-09-01

Language

English

Pages

761-777

Publication/Series

Agriculture and Human Values

Volume

37

Issue

3

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Springer

Topic

  • Food Science

Keywords

  • Causality
  • Change
  • Emergency food aid
  • Indigenous food system
  • Socioecological
  • Vulnerability

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0889-048X