5.6.10. GFSR Protocol

The Global Food Security Response (GFSR) framework—a response to the global food crisis—includes three components:

  1. an emergency humanitarian response,
  2. urgent measures to address high food prices through agriculture and trade programs, and
  3. a global policy agenda to address the systemic causes of high food prices.

Under the GFSR, the Africa Bureau is commissioning staple food value chain studies in West Africa. The goal of the value chain studies is to improve food security and raise rural incomes in seven to nine food staple value chains of West Africa.

The Value Chain Analysis Protocol[1] describes the rationale for these studies, the objective, scope, principles and methodology.

The Rice Field Work Protocol[2] provides a standard format for the five country studies in the regional analysis to allow comparisons between countries, identify gaps in information and ensure consistency in the approach used. This protocol also includes guidelines and question guides for conducting the value chain analyses in the field.


  1. West Africa Value Chain Analysis Protocol, ACDI/VOCA and DAI, 2009.
  2. West Africa Rice Field Work Protocol, ACDI/VOCA and DAI, 2009.