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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 4 Information for food security planning: asking local people Case studies from Sudan and Mali

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 4 Information for food security planning: asking local people Case studies from Sudan and Mali Margie Buchanan-Smith and Susanna Davies Information needs for food security planning They are more likely to reflect the complexity are typically determined by donors or national of the food security situation by incorporating government. Whilst the need to promote food perceptions of local people themselves. They security planning at sub-national as well as are relatively cheap and simple to operate. national level has received attention in recent This kind of information system is more likely years, much information collection to support to create the conditions in which interactive it has been of a top-down data-orientated planning with local people can take place. nature. Huge resources have been invested in `high tech' methods of collecting information. There are two challenges facing such local Satellite imagery is the obvious example. level `informal' information systems. Firstly, Attempts to find objective indicators to they are in danger of being taken over by the quantify food insecurity have been a driving over-zealous pursuit of `the single right force. One of the consequences of this has indicator' of food insecurity. This would been a tendency ...

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