Dan Maxwell joined the Feinstein Center in 2006 to lead the research program in food security and livelihoods in complex emergencies and teach courses in food security and humanitarian studies. In 2008, he was asked to chair the newly formed Department of Food and Nutrition Policy in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts. Since 2012, he has directed the Masters of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) program. Prior to coming to Tufts, he was the Deputy Regional Director for CARE International in Eastern and Central Africa, based in Nairobi. From 1995 to1998, he was a Rockefeller Post-Doctoral Fellow the International Food Policy Research Institute. Prior to completing his PhD he worked for Mennonite Central Committee for ten years in Tanzania and Uganda.
His recent research has focused on food security and livelihoods in protracted crises, impact assessment of livelihoods and disaster risk reduction programming, and the measurement of food security – in terms of both early warning and assessment, and the impact of programming. He is the co-author, with Chris Barrett of Cornell University, of Food Aid After Fifty Years: Recasting Its Role (2005), which has already had far-ranging impacts on food aid practice and policy; and co-authored with Peter Walker, Shaping the Humanitarian World (2009). In 2010 he was a co-author and editor of the FAO/WFP Report, The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI) that focused on protracted food security crises. Most recently, he was the guest editor for a special edition of the journal, Global Food Security on the 2011-2012 famine in Somalia.
He holds a B.Sc. Degree from Wilmington College, a Master’s Degree from Cornell, and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. To view his complete C.V., please click here.
Humanitarian assistance or safety net programs may be able to prevent mortality or reduce malnutrition in the face of shocks or crises, but households, their communities, and their institutions may still not fully recover from the effects of the shock. … Read More
According to the Hyogo Framework for Action, disasters affect over 200 million people annually, causing significant loss of lives, forced migration, and disruption of livelihoods and institutions. The trend over the past 15–20 years points to a greater frequency of … Read More
With recent food crises at both regional and global levels, and renewed commitments from major donor countries to address chronic hunger, food security is more prominent on the policy agenda today than it has been in the past. This has … Read More
Resilience is the ability of an individual, a household, a community or an institution to withstand a shock or setback of some type and recover, or “bounce back,” after a setback
This research considers “response analysis”: the analytical process by which the objectives and modality of program response options in an emergency are determined. The research question was whether improved analysis drives program response choices in humanitarian food security interventions?
In May 2011, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) formally launched the global Food Security Cluster (FSC) as the UN’s global mechanism for coordinating food security responses in emergencies. The creation of the global cluster coincides with a period in which the number of food security actors has continued to grow, the operating environment has become more complex, and the range of responses has required greater levels of skill in analysis, planning, implementation and monitoring. All of this underscores the need for greater coordination.
This final report covers the last round of the participatory impact assessment conducted in Tsaeda Amba Woreda in Eastern Tigray in July 2010, and summarizes findings from both rounds of the household survey. These results demonstrate the impact of the drought and the high price of food in 2008 and 2009. Results also demonstrate the impact of ACRP in terms of capacity building, establishing and consolidating Community Disaster Preparedness Committee and mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into on-going programs.
Based on data collected in January 2010 through focus groups and household-level interviews in Tsaeda Amba woreda, this assessment depicts the breadth of institutional constraints to risk reduction and livelihood security. Major areas of findings include access to land and natural resources, credit and the risks of default, and traditional practices and institutions. While a participatory baseline assessment, published in December 2009, focused mostly on forms of covariate risk and the measures proposed the ACRP to address them, this second report highlights more idiosyncratic forms of risk.
This report provides information on baseline conditions at the household level and at the level of Kebele Disaster Preparedness – the institutions whose task it is to manage risk at the local level. It also provides as assessment of risks and hazards as perceived by local communities and their leaders. The report concludes with some recommendations to ACRP managers. This is the first of three reports under this research program.
This study examined community participation throughout the food aid program cycle to understand the role of recipient communities in the targeting of food assistance under the conflict conditions in Darfur – one of the largest food aid programs in the world. The Darfur conflict is now in its sixth year, and has drawn in a complex web of local, national, and transnational interests, which play out in different types of inter-connected conflict throughout the region. From the start of the conflict in 2003, protection threats and restricted access have been major challenges to the humanitarian community.
This paper reports the results of a study undertaken during 2012 by Tufts University for the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS), as part of the latter’s “Operational Learning” strand of work. This study is designed to complement the work of ACAPS … Read More
This paper summarises the existing literature on livelihoods, basic services and social protection in South Sudan; presents a brief analysis of this literature, and lays out potential research questions for the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC). Please visit the Research … Read More
The World Food Programme has been providing humanitarian food assistance to vulnerable communities and groups in Southern Sudan for over twenty years, but circumstances have changed following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in January 2005. The Feinstein International Center undertook this review of programs in Southern Sudan to help WFP Sudan make the needed changes to adapt to these new circumstances. The objective of this study is to improve programming in the 2007 EMOP and the subsequent PRRO. The Feinstein International Center views this as one step to building a long-term partnership with WFP Sudan.
Keynote address for the International Workshop on the Integrated Food Security and Humanitarian Phase Classification.
By Peter Walker and Daniel Maxwell. 2009. Series on Global Institutions. London: Routledge.
By Christopher Barrett and Daniel Maxwell. 2005. London: Routledge Press.
By Daniel Maxwell, Carol Levin, Margaret Armar-Klemesu, Marie Ruel, Saul Morris and Clement Ahia-deke. 2000. IFPRI Re-search Report 112. Washington: International Food Policy Research Institute.
By Daniel Maxwell and Sue Lautze. In Stephen Devereux (Ed.), The ‘New Famines’: Why Famines Persist in an Era of Globalization. London: Routledge Press. 2006.
By Margaret Armar-Klemesu and Daniel Maxwell. In Nico Bakker, Marielle Dubbeling, Sabine Gundel, Ulrich Sabel-Koschella and Henk de Zeeuw (Eds.) Growing Cities, Growing Food: Urban Agriculture on the Policy Agenda. Feldafing: Deutsche Stiftung fur Internationale Entwick-lung , pp. 183-208. 2000.
By Daniel Maxwell. In Mustafa Koc and Jennifer Welsh (Eds), Hunger Proof Cities: Sustainable Urban Food Systems. Chapter 2, pp. 26-30. Ottawa: IDRC Books, 1999.
By Daniel Maxwell, Nicholas Haan, Kirsten Gelsdorf and David Dawe (2012). Global Food Security , Special Edition on the Somalia Famine 2011-2012. (forthcoming)
By Daniel Maxwell and Merry Fitzpatrick (2012). Global Food Security , Special Edition on the Somalia Famine 2011-2012. (forthcoming)
By Daniel Maxwell, John Parker and Heather Stobaugh (2012). World Development Special Edition on “Impacts of Innovative Food Assistance Instruments” (forthcoming)
By Erin Lentz, Christopher Barrett, Miguel Gomez and Daniel Maxwell (2012). World Development , Special Edition on “Impacts of Innovative Food Assistance Instruments”. (forthcoming)
By Daniel Maxwell, Luca Russo and Luca Alinovi (2012). Proceedings of the National Academy of Science , Vol. 109(31), pp. 12321-12325
By Daniel Maxwell and John Parker (2012). Food Security , Vol. 4(1), pp. 25-40.
By Daniel Maxwell, Sarah Bailey, Paul Harvey, Peter Walker, Cheyanne Church and Kevin Savage (2012). Disasters , Vol. 36(1), pp. 140-160.
By Helen Young and Daniel Maxwell (2012). Disasters (forthcoming)
By Daniel maxwell, Helen Young, Susanne Jaspars, John Burns and Jacqueline Frize (2011). Food Policy , Vol. 36(4), pp. 535-543.
By Loek Peeters and Daniel Maxwell (2011). Development in Practice , Vol. 21(4-5), pp. 577-591.