Category: Food aid

A Review of the advances and challenges in nutrition in conflicts and crises over the last 20 years

This paper is a shortened version of the complete paper presented at the ACC/SCN Symposium on Nutrition in Conflicts and Crises in March 2002.

Issue 16, August 2002 (page 12)

A role for capital markets in natural disasters

Summary of a published Paper.

Issue 11, December 2000 (page 7)

A Time to Rethink the Global Food Regime

Summary of published paper.

Issue 34, October 2008 (page 26)

Acceptability and use of cereal-based foods in refugee camps: case studies from Nepal, Ethiopoa and Tanzania

Outbreaks of scurvy, pellagra and beri beri among refugees in the 1980s caused a public outcry, as many of these more unusual deficiency diseases were thought to have been all but eradicated.

Issue 4, June 1998 (page 9)

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)

Call for strategic US approach to the global food crisis

Summary of report.

Issue 35, March 2009 (page 8)

Can Sphere be Used in Complex Emergencies?

Summary of published paper.

Issue 23, November 2004 (page 9)

Completing the Jigsaw Puzzle: Joint Assessment Missions (JAM)

Food security continues to be a challenging and often elusive possibility for many of the almost 2 million camp-based refugees worldwide.

Issue 40, February 2011 (page 50)

Dependency and Humanitarian Relief

Summary of research report.

Issue 26, November 2005 (page 14)

Dietary Assessment of Camp Refugees

Summary of published research.

Issue 22, July 2004 (page 8)

Documenting the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan (2001)


Issue 14, November 2001 (page 16)

Does food aid support or undermine livelihoods? (Special Supplement 3)

Food aid remains the over-riding response to emergencies, regularly constituting over half of consolidated emergency appeals (Development Initiatives, 2003).

Supplement 3, March 2006 (page 18)

Donors in humanitarian action: changing roles, trends and issues

Summary of a published review.

Issue 19, July 2003 (page 8)

Don’t let them eat cake

This time last year, I was cooking spaghetti for 300 new arrivals at a camp for Kosovar refugees in Albania.

Issue 10, July 2000 (page 7)

Emergency Food Assistance Following Hurricane Mitch: an Evaluation of the WFP response

Summary of an Evaluation.

Issue 9, March 2000 (page 18)

Emergency food-based programming in urban settings

Summary of published research.

Issue 35, March 2009 (page 14)

Estimating Warehouse Storage Capacities

Summary of Published Article.

Issue 2, August 1997 (page 16)

Evaluation of ECHO Actions in DPRK

Summary of evaluation.

Issue 26, November 2005 (page 28)

Evaluation of the Response to the Montserrat Volcano

Published Evaluation.

Issue 10, July 2000 (page 15)

Evaluation of WFP relief operations in Angola

Summary of evaluation.

Issue 29, December 2006 (page 32)

Feasibility and effectiveness of preventing child malnutrition with local foods in Kenya

The findings of a study to establish the operational feasibility and effectiveness of using locally available foods to prevent malnutrition and improve child growth in Kenyan children have recently been published.

Issue 44, December 2012 (page 31)

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 incentive interventions in post-conflict Afghanistan

The recently dominant models for UN and NGO interventions in Afghanistan have been food for work (FFW), food for asset creation (FoodAC), and food for education (FFE).

Issue 14, November 2001 (page 2)

Food, goats and cash for assets programmes during emergency drought response inKenya

The vast majority of humanitarian aid worldwide (90%) is provided as in-kind transfers such as food, livestock, seeds, and shelter rather than in the form of cash.1 However, it is being widely observed that there is an ongoing trend, exhibited by humanitarian organisations and governments alike, moving towards less traditional modes of relief intervention, especially cash transfers.

Issue 44, December 2012 (page 39)

Global factors shaping food aid

Summary of published paper.

Issue 31, September 2007 (page 8)

Has financial speculation in food commodity markets increased food prices?

In recent months, prices of rice, wheat, corn, palm oil and other essential staples have increased dramatically, leading to much debate about “the end of cheap food”.

Issue 34, October 2008 (page 28)

Impact of conditional cash transfers in Mexico

Summary of published research.

Issue 39, September 2010 (page 16)

Impact of local RUTF manufacture on farmers’ incomes in Malawi

This article describes the experience of local production of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) in Malawi by Valid Nutrition with regard to economic impact on local farmers.

Issue 38, April 2010 (page 18)

Improving the Efficiency of Food Aid

Summary of report prepared with financial support from DANIDA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark.

Issue 6, February 1999 (page 8)

Industry: unlikely players in emergency food distribution

The destruction brought by the violence of Hurricane Mitch from October 26-27th of l998 has been well documented. No country was harder hit than Honduras, a nation of 5.8 million.

Issue 10, July 2000 (page 19)

Infant Formula Distribution in Northern Iraq

Summary of assessment.

Issue 20, November 2003 (page 6)

Influence of USAID policies on food aid: time for reform?

Summary of published paper.

Issue 17, November 2002 (page 6)

Interagency meeting looks at Emergency Selective Feeding Programmes

The Minister of State for Foreign affairs, Joan Burton, recently opened a meeting on 'Emergency Selective Feeding Programmes' in Dublin.

Issue 1, May 1997 (page 14)

Iraq - Sanctions Take Their Toll

Under article 41 of the United Nations Charter, the UN Security Council (UNSC) may call upon member states to apply measures not involving the use of armed force, in order to maintain or restore international peace and security.

Issue 4, June 1998 (page 11)

Iron and vitamin A deficiency in African refugees

Summary of published research.

Issue 28, July 2006 (page 7)

Joint Emergency Operation Plan NGO response to emergency food needs in Ethiopia

Emergency food relief continues to be a recurrent need in Ethiopia since the Ethiopian famine of the 1980s, which was so severe that it demanded global attention and response. Institutional donors and non-governmental organisations (NGO) have been responding with emergency food relief during crisis years for decades to alleviate hunger.

Issue 40, February 2011 (page 66)

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)

Letter on 'silent emergency' in India, by Rita Bhatia


Issue 5, October 1998 (page 19)

Linear programming to design low cost, local RUTF

Summary of research.

Issue 43, July 2012 (page 37)

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)

Market-based contracts protect against price rises in Malawi alliance initiative

Summary of research.

Issue 28, July 2006 (page 8)

Novel Methods of 'Work for Food'

After the genocide of 1994 the people of Rwanda were faced with a barrage of NGOs looking to help clear the mess left after the four months of absolute chaos. .

Issue 4, June 1998 (page 21)

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)

On the ground perceptions of WFP food assistance and PMTCT in Zambia

Summary of a qualitative study.

Issue 25, May 2005 (page 14)

Peer review of WFP evaluation process

Summary of report.

Issue 33, June 2008 (page 30)

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)

Potential of Using QBmix to Prevent Micronutrient Deficiencies in Emergencies

This article describes an assessment by MSF of using a micronutrient- rich food product, QBmix, in Angola and outlines possible strategies for the future in preventing micronutrient deficiency outbreaks in emergency affected populations.

Issue 22, July 2004 (page 12)

Profile and overview of the church’s role in emergency response

The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) was established as a national church in Ethiopia in January 1959. As part of the mission of the church, EECMY set out to work in the areas of health, education and community development under its Development Department.

Issue 40, February 2011 (page 22)

Real-time evaluation of WFPs tsunami response

Summary of published report.

Issue 27, March 2006 (page 24)

Reconstruction in Bosnia: Implications for Food Security and the Future of Food Aid

Images of weeping women being evicted from their homes, strutting commanders victoriously entering yet another devastated village, and UN 'peacekeepers' arguing with obstinate soldiers to try to assure the safe passage of humanitarian aid, bombarded us from our TV screens for four long years of war in Bosnia. .

Issue 3, January 1998 (page 23)

Recurrent pellagra in Angola

Summary of report.

Issue 15, April 2002 (page 6)

Relief Food Factory to Open in Kenya

Pan-African food giant Promasidor is setting up a Ksh 550 million relief food factory in Kenya.

Issue 23, November 2004 (page 16)

Revisiting Sphere: new standards of service delivery for new trends in protracted displacement

Summary of research.

Issue 41, August 2011 (page 18)

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)

Selective Feeding Programme Evaluation in Nyapara, Bangladesh.

Summary of Internal MSF Holland Evaluation.

Issue 4, June 1998 (page 28)

Sexual exploitation and food distribution in Burundi

Summary of published research.

Issue 30, April 2007 (page 8)

Solar Cookers Come to Loki

Mark Thür, a Swiss National and resident Kenyan, arrived in Lokichokio at the invitation of UNICEF for the monthly nutrition meeting.

Issue 6, February 1999 (page 14)

Southern Sudan Vulnerability Study

Published Report.

Issue 6, February 1999 (page 9)

Special Focus on Targeting

The recent spate of reports and articles on targeting emergency food aid shows the resurgence of interest in this subject.

Issue 8, November 1999 (page 3)

Storage, preparation, and usage of fortified food aid

Summary of published research.

Issue 36, July 2009 (page 9)

Targeting Emergency Food Aid – Experiences in Ethiopia

Summary of a Published Paper.

Issue 6, February 1999 (page 10)

Task Force Review

Summary of a Report by SPLM/SRRA–OLS.

Issue 6, February 1999 (page 28)

The Changing Role of Aid Policy in Protracted Crises

Published paper.

Issue 24, March 2005 (page 9)

The effect of trade sanctions on health and nutrition

Summary of published paper.

Issue 9, March 2000 (page 5)

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development and Inter-Church Aid Commission

The Ethiopia Orthodox Church (EOC) is one of the oldest churches in the world. The church is also the largest denomination in Ethiopia with more than 40 million followers, which is approximately 40- 50% of the total population.

Issue 40, February 2011 (page 75)

The Future of Food Aid

Development food aid in the 1990s has proven relatively ineffective as a way of combating poverty and increasing food consumption according to a new study.

Issue 5, October 1998 (page 14)

The need for nutrition research in emergencies

Summary of published paper.

Issue 17, November 2002 (page 9)

The Use of BP-5 Biscuits in Supplementary Feeding Programmes

MSF has been involved in giving emergency medical/nutritional assistance to Sarshahi and New Hadda camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nangahar Province, Eastern Afghanistan since early 1994.

Issue 2, August 1997 (page 20)

Treatment of undernutrition in urban Brazil

In Brazil, 6% of children aged less than 5 years suffer from height-forage (HAZ) deficit, while the prevalence of this condition is higher (8.2%) among the poorest sector of the population. Moreover, the prevalence of HAZ and weight-for-age (WAZ) deficits among children in the 5-9 years age range is 6.8% and 4.1% respectively.

Issue 44, December 2012 (page 30)

Universal appreciation for women’s involvement in food aid

Summary of a report.

Issue 13, August 2001 (page 22)


micro-enterprise responds to malnutrition.

Issue 20, November 2003 (page 13)

WFP HIV/AIDS Programming in Malawi

This article was written based on a WFP consultation to Malawi in February 2005.

Issue 25, May 2005 (page 34)

WFP intervention in Bosnia Herzegovina '92 - '97

An internal evaluation.

Issue 5, October 1998 (page 24)

WFP pilot study on community level fortification mills

A pilot study to investigate the feasibility of expanding small-scale milling operations is being supported by WFP in Bangladesh.

Issue 13, August 2001 (page 10)

WTO Negotiations on Improving Food Aid

This article details current negotiations in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of food aid, based on research undertaken by Oxfam GB.

Issue 26, November 2005 (page 22)