Agro-industrial Assistance in Post-crisis Environments

Agro-industrial Assistance in Post-crisis Environments

Vienna, 8 March 2008 - The impact of crisis and open conflict in many parts of the world has become a major concern for national governments and international policy-makers. In an environment of turmoil, the rapid deterioration of human security in general and a marked increase in the vulnerability of the weakest are inevitable. The social and economic fabric of communities and families is damaged and productive capabilities are diminished.

Frequently, these pressures lead to the dislocation of large numbers of people. The fate of recovery efforts in post-crisis situations is largely determined by the degree of success in making the transition from the initial emergency and relief stage to rehabilitation and reconstruction and ultimately to development.

UNIDO is assisting its national partners in mobilizing the skills and expertise necessary to meet this challenge. By engaging crisis-affected communities in the development and application of custom tailored solutions, UNIDO plays a significant role in improving living standards and economic opportunities.

Efforts aimed at strengthening the livelihood recovery process set the stage for development, and as such they render indispensable support to other reconstruction endeavours. In Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malawi, Sudan and Uganda, UNIDO has been a valued participant in the overall recovery process. This booklet outlines the projects carried out in fragile post-crisis environments in these countries.

The success UNIDO has achieved with these projects is based on:


  • a multi-dimensional approach to human security;
  • a people-centered focus;
  • a rapid and flexible delivery model;
  • identification of assets and appraisal of needs at community level;
  • appropriate technology transfer and skill development;
  • strengthening income flows;
  • adding value to local resources;
  • promoting market access and linkages.