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Coping and Resilience during the Food, Fuel, and Financial Crises

This resource brings together qualitative case studies from 17 developing countries to examine the impact of food, fuel, and financial crises in them from 2008 to 2011 and the adaptive strategies people utilized in response. It found that in these countries, safety nets were largely comprised of relatives and community members, but that such social protection was ineffective in negating the effects of such large and complex disasters. It suggests that response policies become more robust and that free health and education, support for informal businesses and small farms, access to credit and debt refinancing, and programs supporting community cohesion could increase overall resilience before and during crises.

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