| Sep 29, 2022
Livelihoods and food security
Illustration photo by Nasser Abdulkareem/NRC
Every person has the right to a standard of living adequate for their health and wellbeing. This includes the right to food and livelihood protection.
During conflicts, disasters and displacement, food production and market systems face potential collapse. People lose their assets and their ability to earn a living is disrupted.
The Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) main activity is the delivery of humanitarian aid through programme activities in the field. NRC specialises in six areas of expertise including livelihoods and food security (LFS).
We provide food assistance to prevent loss of life and to contribute to the rehabilitation of local food and market systems. We promote livelihood strategies that protect, recover and strengthen individuals' and households' abilities to earn a living. To prevent repeated displacement, we support engagement in social and economic opportunities that reinforce the adaptive capacity of systems, individuals, families and communities affected by displacement.
We follow the UN Food and Agricultural Organization's (FAO) definition of food security: "Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life."
In both emergencies and protracted crises, we analyse the livelihood vulnerability context and situation. This analysis enables us to better understand vulnerability, needs and preferences, and is key to the development of holistic integrated responses that contribute to durable solutions.
Our livelihoods and food security work focuses on thematic areas such as emergency food assistance, school meals and gardening, integrated natural resource management, credit and finance facilitation, and employment and income generation and diversification.
In 2021, almost 1.7 million people benefitted from our livelihoods and food security work. With your support, we can help even more people!