Use of GIS for food emergency response
This research presents a framework for food emergency response and uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) prototype to demonstrate how the framework can be applied in planning for and managing food emergencies. The framework is based on the WHO/FAO Multiagency Coordination Group Framework, which was contextualized to fit the Kenyan setup. A GIS system that can be used for early warning, emergency planning and emergency management was designed based on the framework. The GIS was tested against data obtained from the relevant government agencies charged with management offood emergencies. The framework developed can be used not only in food emergencies but also in other emergencies such as fires, floods, famine, road accidents, collapsing buildings etc.The framework can be a key element ofa national policy on food emergency response in Kenyawhich currently does not exist.