Take-home advocacy messages by HelpAge

Inclusion in the humanitarian agenda

  • Older people should be recognised as a vulnerable group, and their food security and livelihood needs must be prioritised in humanitarian relief and recovery plans.
  • Food security and livelihoods assessment data should be gender and age disaggregated, and the specific food security and livelihood recovery needs of older people should be identified.

Availability of food (food security)

  • Older people should be incorporated in food distributions or cash transfer programmes.
  • Older people may not be cared for by other family members.
  • Food distributions or cash transfer programmes should be designed to incorporate the specific needs of older people.
  • Older people should be able, through proxy, if necessary, to exercise their right to access food or cash transfer programmes.
  • Food distributions or cash transfer programmes must ensure that the distribution points are physically accessible and that waiting times are reduced. If waiting is anticipated, the distribution should provide waiting areas with seating and protection from the elements.

The right to participate in livelihoods programmes

  • Older people should participate in livelihoods programmes, irrespective of their age. Age must not be an exclusion criteria (for example food or cash-for-work programmes must not automatically exclude people over a certain age).
  • Access credit or cash should not be excluded based on age criteria.
  • Be included in livelihoods programmes, which should be tailored to meet the livelihood and food security needs of all people in the target population, irrespective of age, gender and physical ability.
  • Rebuild their livelihoods and enjoy the same opportunities as other members in the target population.