Category: Needs assessment

Area sampling for rapid population assessment

Summary of published paper.

Issue 14, November 2001 (page 8)

Assessing seed systems in relief operations

Summary of published paper.

Issue 19, July 2003 (page 9)

Better understanding vulnerability in Serbia

This field article describes ACF’s experiences1 in Serbia where vulnerability assessment findings were used to inform, and hopefully influence, activities and social policy at a local and national level in Serbia.

Issue 19, July 2003 (page 30)

Beyond the indicators - Assessing project impact on children’s lives

In humanitarian work, how do we know that we are positively reaching distinct members of a community? When we calculate beneficiary households, can we be sure that everyone in the household is really benefiting? And is it clear to what extent they are benefiting?.

Issue 40, February 2011 (page 32)

Challenging the accuracy of ‘hungry’ figures

Summary of published research.

Issue 35, March 2009 (page 7)

China’s great famine 40 years later: a need for historical closure

Published Review.

Issue 10, July 2000 (page 6)

Comment on: Including infants in nutrition surveys

Perinatal mortality and birth-weight reflect the quality of the intrauterine environment and complications of birth.

Issue 9, March 2000 (page 16)

Counting and Identification of Beneficiary Populations in Emergencies: Registration and its Alternatives

This review is one in a series from the RRN, which aims to set out good practice in different sectors of emergency programmes based on the extensive experience of the reviewer.

Issue 3, January 1998 (page 6)

Estimating the Target Under Five Population for Feeding Programmes in Emergencies

This article discusses the problem of accurately estimating the target population for the planning of emergency nutrition programmes and presents a tool developed by Save the Children UK aimed at improving the process.

Issue 23, November 2004 (page 18)

Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid and Reform

Summary of book review.

Issue 32, January 2008 (page 8)

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 security in Eritrea and Ethiopia

Summary of published research.

Issue 27, March 2006 (page 7)

Food security – protection links in Liberia (Special Supplement 3)

Direct effect of conflict on livelihoods and food security Violence and the threat of violence over 14 years led to severe loss of livelihood assets through looting, destruction and lack of maintenance which negatively impacted on ability to sustain livelihoods and grow or buy sufficient food in Liberia.

Supplement 3, March 2006 (page 62)

Food, Economic and Social Security in Azerbaijan

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 paralysed the economy leading to widespread unemployment in the region, including Azerbaijan.

Issue 24, March 2005 (page 12)

From the editor

The role of data and analytical tools in guiding and evaluating emergency programming figures strongly in this issue of Field Exchange.

Issue 41, August 2011 (page 3)

GIS surveillance of nomads in Mali

In this article, Accion Contra El Hambre shares their experiences of applying a GIS tool to characterise pastoral vulnerability in Mali.

Issue 27, March 2006 (page 25)

How many Hok does a poor man have?

A civil war has been raging in Sudan for over 17 years since 1983 with fighting between the Government of Sudan in the North and various rebel factions in the South.

Issue 11, December 2000 (page 8)

Impact of drought and HIV/AIDS on child malnutrition

Summary of published research.

Issue 27, March 2006 (page 6)

Impact of HIV/AIDS on household food security and quality of life in Malawi

Summary of evaluation.

Issue 25, May 2005 (page 6)

Impact of Remittances on Vulnerability - Experiences from Zimbabwe

Summary of published paper.

Issue 21, March 2004 (page 7)

Including infants in nutrition surveys

Guidelines on nutritional survey methodologies currently stipulate that children between 6 to 59 months should be surveyed.

Issue 9, March 2000 (page 15)

Infant Feeding in Emergencies: Experiences from Indonesia and Lebanon

On the 27th May 2006 a strong earthquake had a devastating impact on two provinces on Java Island in Indonesia killing 5,778 people. Major infrastructural damage left 3.2 million people affected.

Issue 29, December 2006 (page 3)

Infant Feeding in Emergencies: Recurring Challenges

Published Report.

Issue 10, July 2000 (page 5)

Land Reform in Tajikistan

Issue 14 of Field Exchange carried an article by Frances Mason on Action Against Hunger's assessments of the causes of nutritional vulnerability amongst the population in Tajikistan, following cessation of the civil war and signing of the peace accord in 1997. One of several factors identified in this analysis was failure of the land reform programme. The article below describes a further study by Action Against Hunger on the land reform process which unpicks, in more detail, the array of political, institutional and cultural factors impeding progress. (Ed).

Issue 24, March 2005 (page 3)

Making Famine in Sudan

In the post-independence period (and to a large extent under British rule, political and economic power in Sudan has been concentrated in the hands of a northern minority.

Issue 6, February 1999 (page 6)

Malawi food shortage: how did it happen and could it have been prevented?

Malawi, like much of the rest of Southern Africa, is experiencing the threat of imminent famine.

Issue 16, August 2002 (page 21)

Policy lessons from Malawi

Summary of report.

Issue 18, March 2003 (page 4)

Population Explorer: Estimate local populations anywhere

This article describes the practical application of a web based tool that enables prompt population size estimates, including those affected by acute disasters.

Issue 38, April 2010 (page 4)

Postscript on measuring mortality rates in cross-sectional surveys: a commentary

Congratulations to Mark Myatt, Anna Taylor, and W. Courtland Robinson for bringing into the light of rational scientific discourse the subject of estimating mortality rates using crosssectional surveys.

Issue 17, November 2002 (page 16)

Postscript to 'Infant feeding in tsunami affected villages in India'


Issue 29, December 2006 (page 10)

Remittances and their economic impact in post-war Somaliland

New publications.

Issue 12, April 2001 (page 6)

Responding to the crisis in Congo-Zaire: emergency Feeding of Rwandan Refugees May-July 1997

In response to the extreme humanitarian crisis amongst Rwandan refugees remaining in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo; DRC), CARE implemented and co-ordinated emergency food distribution programmes in Kisangani and Lulingu (Shabunda zone) from May to September 1997.

Issue 3, January 1998 (page 12)

Retrospective determination of whether famine existed in Niger

Summary of published research.

Issue 35, March 2009 (page 10)

Review of indicators to assess Infant Feeding in Emergencies

Summary of research.

Issue 18, March 2003 (page 6)

Review of targeting methods in HIV programmes

Action Against Hunger (ACF) recently conducted a review of methods of targeting within HIV programmes.

Issue 32, January 2008 (page 5)

Revised Memorandum of Understanding - WFP and UNHCR

In 1985 UNHCR and WFP formally attempted to clarify their roles and responsibilities by drawing up a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Issue 1, May 1997 (page 14)

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)

Shopping for Answers in Southern Sudan

Draft Report.

Issue 7, July 1999 (page 5)

Somali KAP Study on Infant and Young Child Feeding and Health Seeking Practices

Since the collapse of the Somali Central Government in 1991, the country has faced a series of disasters, both natural (floods and droughts) and man-made (poor governance, armed conflict, and collapse of institution/infrastructure).

Issue 33, June 2008 (page 7)

The Triple Threat: Southern Africa’s emergency behind the emergency

Recent news reports of war-stricken Darfur and drought-stricken East Africa have shocked the world with images of skin-and-bones hunger victims and the dessicated corpses of cattle.

Issue 29, December 2006 (page 15)

Vulnerability Mapping in Urban Afghanistan

This article describes vulnerability mapping carried out by ACF in Kabul, and how it has been used to inform programming and tailor interventions in the field.

Issue 22, July 2004 (page 20)