FINDINGS from a pre-crisis market analysis (PCMA) conducted by Oxfam Solomon Islands on Guadalcanal Province were presented to humanitarian stakeholders last week, highlighting how food security and critical market systems are impacted during natural disasters.
Representatives from the Government, Guadalcanal Provincial Disaster Officer, Private Sector, UNICEF, NGOs and partner orgainsations attended the presentation on preliminary findings of the PCMA research collated over three weeks.
Sixteen enumerators were engaged by Oxfam’s Asia Pacific Local Innovation for Transformation (AP-LIFT) project to carry out the study – the first of its kind in the Solomon Islands.
The study was conducted in nine communities in three wards in Guadalcanal; Malango, Ghaobata wards in East Guadalcanal and Savulei ward in West Guadalcanal.
PCMA is a study to better understand how Food Security, WASH and income critical market system are impacted by disaster and how early warning and early action humanitarian responses, contingency planning, Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience interventions impacted during disasters.
One of the key recommendations highlight in the presentation was the need to have an in-depth study on Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) – a modality used to assist people who are affected in times of natural disasters. It is a form of in-kind assistance and an option besides the normal delivery of relief supplies.
“The PCMA is important because, before any form of intervention through relief assistances, we need to know the critical market systems that exists in our communities because all actors in the transactions process – whether local market suppliers, trade stores, retailers, wholesalers and importer, will all be affected in the market supply chain in disaster times,” said Rex Solo, Oxfam Coordinator for the AP-LIFT project.
“The PCMA was a success because enumerators were able to collate and present the preliminary research findings. It is a matter of synergising all information together in the coming days before the final version of the report completed.”
The PCMA was facilitated by Oxfam’s EFSVL Regional Advisor based in Manila, Philippines with the support from Oxfam Solomon Islands Office.