The Gambia - Joint Rapid Food Security Assessment of the Most Vulnerable Areas, October 2011

The Rapid Food Security Assessment (RFSA) is a joint exercise of Department of Agriculture (Planning), GBOS, FAO, WFP and ActionAid aimed to follow up on the Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment (CFSVA) which was conducted in January 2011, at times of relative abundance of food and income generating opportunities. As a follow up to the baseline study, the RFSA has been conducted in several most vulnerable areas as identified by the CFSVA and at a critical period in time during which most household’s self-grown food stocks have been replenished and where income opportunities are scarce i.e. where vulnerability to food insecurity is assumed to be highest compared to the rest of the year. Although the results of the RFSA are not statistically significant due to the small sample size used, some conclusive statements can be made about household vulnerability to food insecurity when put into the overall context of the CFSVA.

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