MARKit: Monitoring, Analysis and Response Kit for Adaptive Food Assistance Programs
MARKIT: MONITORING, ANALYSIS AND RESPONSE KIT FOR ADAPTIVE FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Wednesday, 20 November, 2013
Presenter: Suzanne Andrews, Markets and Agriculture Program Specialist, Catholic Relief Services
The purpose of the MARKit tool is to enable implementers of food aid programs to:
• Understand the interaction between the workings of the market and their programs;
• Set up systems for evaluating the market and their programs;
• Identify anomalies in the prices of food products, the factors influencing market prices, and evaluate the impact on their programs; and
• Use market information to propose a response to changes linked to market conditions that influence their programs.
MARKit is different than EMMA in that EMMA is used as a baseline while MARKit is used during implementation to analyze project activities.
The presenter mentioned a World Vision example, in which the price of maize doubled in July 2011. Voucher prices were set prior to the price spike. Beneficiaries switched from buying maize to buying millet and sorghum, so they met their caloric intake by switching to a different commodity. The analysis allowed them to change their activity to meet the change in the market.