Emergency Response

Emergency Response

How We Do This:

Before disasters:
JAM focuses on disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness in our country offices, to help communities strengthen their resilience, and prepare for, and respond to disasters.


During emergency response:
Our dedicated Emergency Response Team (ERT) enables the provision of fast and effective relief. JAM has deployable emergency response experts in our country offices across Africa, with specialization in emergency food assistance, cash & food vouchers, emergency nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and humanitarian logistics.

We make it our business to help the most vulnerable through crises in our countries of operation. JAM has experience and competence in disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness to help communities strengthen their resilience, prepare for, and respond to disasters. Founded during a devastating famine in Mozambique in the early 1980’s, we have since responded to humanitarian emergencies in Angola (1989), Rwanda (1994) and South Sudan (2002) and most recently in 2020 with responses during cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth and now, the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, the growing refugee crisis in Uganda, the conflict in Cabo Del Gado that has families fleeing in search of safety and relief in Mozambique and the COVID-19 pandemic that has its grips on the globe.

After the emergency:

JAM works with communities to enable early recovery. Our goal is to transition as quickly as possible from an emergency response to rehabilitation, allowing communities to begin rebuilding sustainable livelihoods. One way that we do this is through agricultural rehabilitation, complete value chains and support to small-holder agricultural market systems, thereby reducing their vulnerability to future emergencies.


JAM’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) is a team of trained technical specialists, ready to be deployed at short notice. They provide specific support or direct services when the host country office capacities are overwhelmed by the need or do not yet exist. JAM coordinates with the local government and participates in the United Nations cluster system. This coordinated approach aims to ensure that humanitarian actors work together, reducing duplication of efforts and ensuring all people in need receive aid. At the global level, JAM is active in UN clusters for Food Security & Livelihoods, Nutrition and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

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