Dan joined the Feinstein Center in 2006 to lead the Food Security and Livelihoods research program and teach courses in the same area. From 2008 to 2011, he was the Chair of the Department of Food and Nutrition Policy at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and in 2012 became the Director of the MAHA Program. In 2012 he was promoted to Professor. Prior to joining the Center, he was the Deputy Regional Director for CARE International in Eastern and Central Africa, based in Nairobi. In addition to his primary responsibility for the oversight of Country Offices, he was responsible for program development, disaster preparedness and emergency response in ten countries in the Great Lakes and the Greater Horn of Africa. Before joining CARE in 1998, he worked for the International Food Policy Research Institute and the Land Tenure Center, and worked for Mennonite Central Committee for ten years in Tanzania and Uganda early in his career. His recent research has focused on food security, famine, chronic vulnerability, and humanitarian response in complex emergencies. Dan has held Fulbright and Rockefeller Fellowships. He is the co-author, with Chris Barrett of Cornell University, of Food Aid After Fifty Years: Recasting Its Role (2005), which had far-ranging impacts on food aid practice and policy. He is also the co-author, with Peter Walker, of Shaping the Humanitarian World (2009). 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.
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 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 Somalia, a country that has not had a central government since the fall of the President Siad Barre in 1991.
The population of Southern Sudan was caught in a civil war from 1983 to 2005. During the war, several major famines led to a massive food aid intervention by the World Food Programme – intervention that continues to the present. Much of this food was delivered to vulnerable people by air drops, with the actual targeting of assistance on the ground left to local leaders and traditional authorities. The main objective of targeting was to minimize exclusion.
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.