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AcknowledgementsThe Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA) Handbook was made possible thanks tothe generous support of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO).The German Government supported a preparatory technical meeting.The Handbook was written under the umbrella of the Strengthening Emergency NeedsAssessment Implementation Plan (SENAIP). The purpose of the Plan (2004-2007) was toreinforce WFP’s capacity to assess humanitarian needs in the food sector during emergenciesand their aftermath through accurate and impartial needs assessments. The Plan andcomplementary projects were funded from internal and external sources, including ECHO, theCanadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Citigroup Foundation, theDepartment for International Development, United Kingdom (DFID), the French, Danish, andGerman Governments.This Handbook benefited from several peer review and consultation mechanisms. Valuablecomments and feedback were received from WFP staff members and partners consultedthrough an email-based discussion involving more than 150 people including the Food andAgriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Vision International, Action contre laFaim (ACF), the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), the Office for theCoordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),Système d’Information sur les Marchés Agricoles (SIMA) Niger, Catholic Relief Services (CRS)Niger, Direction Régionale de Développement Agricole (DRDA) Niger, Service des statistiquesde l’élevage (SIM BETAIL) Niger, CARE Niger, Comité Permanent inter-Etats de lutte contre lasécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS), Médecins d’Afrique, Agro-Action Allemande (AAA) DRC,El Centro Latinoamericano de Medicina de desastres (CLAMED), Oficina Nacional deEstadísticas de Cuba (ONE), Instituto de Investigaciones de Riego y Drenaje, (IIRD) Cuba,Instituto de Planificación Fisica (IPF) Cuba, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA),the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) and HelpAge International.The SENAC 1 Advisory group of experts was also invited to be part of a working groupestablished for the preparation of the Handbook. Valuable advice was received from theInstitute of Development Studies (University of Sussex), the Michigan State University, theInternational Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Tulane University, the EuropeanCommission Joint Research Centre, and the Feinstein International Centre (Tufts University).The working group also included a number of WFP staff members, including the RegionalAssessment Officers, VAM (vulnerability analysis and mapping) and programme staff fromseveral regional bureaux and country offices, and staff from Headquarters – especially theFood Security Analysis Service, the Policy, Planning and Strategy Division and Service, andthe Programme Design and Support Division.WFP also thanks the VAM officers and Regional Assessment Officers who provided additionalinputs and contributed to the consolidation of the Handbook after a final workshop in April 2008.WFP expresses special thanks to Agnès Dhur and Jeremy Loveless for their substantialcontribution to the development of the Handbook and to the consulting group, TechnicalAssistance to Non-Governmental Organizations (TANGO), for consolidating the final draft.All these contributions are gratefully acknowledged although responsibility for the presenttext, including errors, remains with WFP._____________1. Strengthening Emergency Needs Assessments Capacity (SENAC), which is the main component ofSENAIP.Acknowledgments5

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