Category: General food distribution (GFD)

A Market Support Programme to Address an Urban Food Crisis in Zimbabwe

It is extremely difficult to address urban food emergencies through traditional general ration programmes. The logistic and targeting challenges are particularly daunting. The market support programme described in this article demonstrates an alternative type of intervention which circumvents many of these difficulties. This type of programme may also be suited to certain rural contexts and may offer a model for future programming (Ed).

Issue 23, November 2004 (page 3)

An analysis of Fresh Food Voucher Programme piloted in Ethiopia

This article describes Concern Worldwide’s experience implementing a Fresh Food Vouchers programme (FFVP) linked to a targeted SFP programme (TSFP) in Wolaiyta Zone of the Southern Nations Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia in 2012. The FFVP was implemented within a larger programme aimed at promoting longer term food and nutrition security.

Issue 45, May 2013 (page 28)

Bahr-el-Ghazal Nutritionists Meet

Nutritionists from six NGOs working in Bahr-El-Ghazal, South Sudan, met in Lokichoggio in August 1998 to act on their mounting concern over the management of nutrition responses to the current crisis.

Issue 5, October 1998 (page 15)

Between a Rock and a Hard Place? Responding to IDP Food Needs in Uganda

Many international NGOs make a long term commitment to communities with whom they are engaged in development programmes.

Issue 8, November 1999 (page 24)

Blanket BP5 distribution to under fives in North Darfur

The current conflict in Darfur, Sudan started in 2003. Since then, large-scale violence has decreased but fighting and attacks continue over large parts of the territory despite ongoing peace building efforts.

Issue 33, June 2008 (page 31)

Challenges for humanitarian response in Kosovo

The tragic events leading to the expulsion of 800,000 Albanian Kosovars between March and June 1999 during the Nato air-campaign are well known.

Issue 8, November 1999 (page 15)

Community Managed Targeting – Tanzania

DFID commissioned an evaluation of the community–managed targeting programme in Singida and Dodoma regions of Central Tanzania in May 1999.

Issue 7, July 1999 (page 20)

Dietary Assessment of Camp Refugees

Summary of published research.

Issue 22, July 2004 (page 8)

Distributing food (Special Supplement 1)

Food may be distributed in many different ways but the method of distribution will, to a large extent, depend on the eligible groups and the method for identifying them. Distribution points may be developed using existing buildings, e.g. health centres, schools.

Supplement 1, July 2004 (page 17)

Evaluation of MSF Holland mission in Afghanistan

Summary of Evaluation.

Issue 20, November 2003 (page 20)

Evolution of a Crisis: a Save the Children UK perspective

This article details Save the Children UK’s (SC UK) perception of the build up to the Southern Africa crisis and charts key moments in the response of the international humanitarian community.

Issue 18, March 2003 (page 28)

Food distribution in Mandera district (Kenya)

Mandera is one of three districts in the North-eastern Province of Kenya. It is an area prone to drought and food insecurity and has a population of 131,000 with 37,900 estimated as living in Central Mandera.

Issue 5, October 1998 (page 10)

Food Kitchens in Mogadishu

This article shares the positive experiences and challenges of wet food programming in the urban setting of Mogadishu, Somalia, where there is ongoing and escalating insecurity and little alternative to meet the needs of a population in acute need.

Issue 37, November 2009 (page 3)

Food Preparation an Obstacle to Education

Bararud lies about 40 miles north west of Wau town in the Bahr el Ghazal region of Southern Sudan.

Issue 7, July 1999 (page 3)

Huambo: an impending disaster?

The last edition of Field Exchange included an account of discussions on how food aid should be targeted in the siege town of Huambo situated in the Plan Alto region of Angola.

Issue 11, December 2000 (page 26)

Inadequate Refugee Rations: Is this a Result of Planning?

Published Lancet letters.

Issue 3, January 1998 (page 9)

Infant Formula Distribution in Northern Iraq

Summary of assessment.

Issue 20, November 2003 (page 6)

Joint WFP/UNHCR evaluation of Kenyan refugee programme

In 1998, UNICEF initiated a supplementary feeding program for pregnant women in the Kigoma/Kagera refugee program of Western Tanzania.

Issue 12, April 2001 (page 25)

Milling vouchers in Dafur to optomise food aid

Global food aid deliveries reached a record low in 2007. They declined by 15% to 5.9 million tons, the lowest level since 1961.

Issue 34, October 2008 (page 4)

Monitoring the targeting system (Special Supplement 1)

In the past, little emphasis has been placed on monitoring what happens to food aid after it has reached the distribution point. Donor reporting has been limited to the delivery of food to its intended destination (Jaspars and Young, 1995). For this reason, “good systems of monitoring and evaluation, to establish whether food aid is indeed reaching intended beneficiaries (and at reasonable cost of delivery), are disturbingly rare.” (Barrett, 2002).

Supplement 1, July 2004 (page 22)

OLS Review

Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) is a political and organisational arrangement which allows humanitarian assistance to reach war-affected populations.

Issue 1, May 1997 (page 20)

Physical activity levels in emergency affected populations

Summary of published paper.

Issue 11, December 2000 (page 7)

Postscript to 'Reconstruction in Bosnia'

In 1996, nearly 60% of all households in B&H were receiving humanitarian food. By January 1997, this figure had decreased, but an impressive 45% of the population was still included in free food distributions.

Issue 3, January 1998 (page 25)

Reflections on food and nutrition interventions in Huambo

Angola has been at war for almost 3 decades. This has had a profound influence at all levels of the country’s infrastructure: economic, social, public, commercial, political and military.

Issue 10, July 2000 (page 17)

Response on F-75 and use of measuring scoops

Since 1986, Nutriset has been very involved in seeking practical solutions for the development of quality nutritional products.

Issue 32, January 2008 (page 14)

Sale of Food Aid as Sign of Distress not Excess

Summary of Published Paper.

Issue 4, June 1998 (page 6)

Sales of food aid as sign of distress, not excess

We find Mr. Gettier’s letter concerning our article, “Sales of food aid as sign of distress, not excess” (Field Exchange Issue 4), distressing.

Issue 6, February 1999 (page 21)

SCN Meeting on How Emergency Food Aid Works

A recent ACC/SCN working group meeting in Oslo brought together nutritionists with an extensive experience of emergency programmes, representatives from donor governments responsible for, or with knowledge of, emergency food resource mobilisation and resource mobilisers from the ICRC and WFP.

Issue 4, June 1998 (page 19)

Self-Targeting in Ambon, Indonesia “To be or not to be community minded”

This article shares some of ACF’s recent experiences in food distribution in Indonesia which, in particular, raises some interesting issues on self-targeting strategies in conflict affected areas.

Issue 17, November 2002 (page 24)

The Role of Women in Food Management

Over 200000 Rwandan refugees crossed the border into Tanzania in a 24 hour period following the tragic genocide in early 1994. Refugees walked through Rosomo Bridge to Ngara district which is 20 kms away from the border.

Issue 3, January 1998 (page 18)

There is probably no single universal solution to the problem of scurvy

Stated a recent review of interventions to prevent scurvy occurring amongst refugees and other emergency affected populations.

Issue 1, May 1997 (page 10)

Treatment of severe malnutrition in Tanzania - a problem with ‘scoops’

This article describes practical problems in preparing therapeutic milk in a hospital-based setting and makes some suggestions to resolve them.

Issue 32, January 2008 (page 13)

Universal appreciation for women’s involvement in food aid

Summary of a report.

Issue 13, August 2001 (page 22)

Use of case definitions and awareness of micronutrient deficiencies

Summary of Unpublished Study.

Issue 16, August 2002 (page 6)

Use of LNS to improve food rations in emergencies

Summary of review.

Issue 37, November 2009 (page 11)

Water, water everywhere but... The ‘98 Bangladeshi Floods

During the last two weeks of August 1998 it hardly rained in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

Issue 7, July 1999 (page 22)

We asked Pieter Dijkhuizen to respond to the 'tinned beef letter' and our editorial comment

In your Editorial comment to the tinned beef letter, you describe correctly the budgetary problem of 'expensive' commodities like canned meat (fish or cheese) and how these replace much larger quantities of basic commodities available for food assistance.

Issue 3, January 1998 (page 21)

WFP Evaluation of Liberia programme

WFP recently commissioned an evaluation of the 1990- 1995 'period of WFP emergency operations in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cote dIvoire.

Issue 1, May 1997 (page 19)

WFP intervention in Bosnia Herzegovina '92 - '97

An internal evaluation.

Issue 5, October 1998 (page 24)