CARE’s Tsunami Response Program Supporting Post-Disaster Recovery with a Value Chain Approach for Highly Marginalized Communities

  • Date Posted: July 20, 2011
  • Authors: Christian Pennotti, Jillian Gladstone
  • Organizations: CARE
  • Document Types: Case Study or Vignette
  • Donor Type: Non-Governmental Organization

This CARE Market Engagement Innovations and Impacts Case Study features the experience of CARE’s multi-year Tsunami Response Program (TRP), which was launched in response to the devastating tsunami that hit the east coast of India in 2004. The case study documents TRP’s progression from immediate, humanitarian relief and short-term rehabilitation efforts to long-term economic development interventions focused on rebuilding the livelihoods of marginalized coastal communities.

The case focuses explicitly on a value chain approach applied in the smallholder salt sector through which CARE improved smallholder productivity, processing capacity, and ability to mitigate risks while also enhancing market linkages and improving overall resilience in the chain. This case study provides practitioners and donors with an illustration of the potential for a value chain approach to reduce poverty and social exclusion in a challenging, post-disaster environment.