Nutrition in emergencies

It is recognized that the forms and severity of malnutrition differ according to contexts; in particular, emergency and fragile situations require specific attention.

Hunger and malnutrition are key concerns for refugees and displaced populations, representing currently around 40 million people worldwide, many of whom  - infants,  children, adolescents, adults and older people - suffer from one or more  forms of malnutrition. Displacement itself can lead to food insecurity, as the journey is often long, difficult and expensive. Families left behind not only lose a source of income but may also incur debt to facilitate the onward journey of relatives.

The most commonly recognized micronutrient deficiencies across all ages are caused by a lack of iron, zinc, vitamin A and iodine. Although pregnant women, children, and adolescents are often cited as populations affected the most by hidden hunger, it impairs the health of people throughout the life cycle. The levels of malnutrition in emergencies depend on factors such as the degree of civil security, food availability and accessibility, access to health services, and adequacy of assistance delivery.

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Reaching those left furthest behind: Addressing hunger and poverty in protracted crises

12/07/2017 - 12 July 2017, 13:15 - 14:30 EDT - United Nations HQ, Conference Room 6 (New York, USA) CFS side event at the 2017 High Level Political Forum (HLPF).Why are protracted crises situations [...]

Nutrition in Protracted crisis – Breaking the vicious circle of malnutrition

16/12/2016 - Drawing on FAO technical experience, the guidance notes series supports implementation of the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises (CFS-FFA), endorsed by the [...]

Humanitarian Action for Children

01/05/2016 - The number of children trapped in humanitarian crises around the world is both staggering and sobering. Nearly 250 million children live in countries affected by violent, often protracted conflicts. [...]

State of World Population 2015

01/12/2015 - Shelter From The Storm: A transformative agenda for women and girls in a crisis-prone world. More than 100 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance—more than at any time since the [...]

Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies

15/11/2012 - New report undertaken by Save the Children UK can be consulted. "Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies: why are we not delivering at scale? A review of global gaps, challenges and ways [...]

The Sphere Project - Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response

01/01/2011 - The Humanitarian Charter and minimum standards reflect the determination of agencies to improve both the effectiveness of their assistance and their accountability to their stakeholders, contributing [...]

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UNSCN Discussion Paper - By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition and leave no one behind The paper aims to present the centrality of nutrition in the current sustainable development agenda. It provides an overview of the numerous and inter-related nutrition targets that have been…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Global Governance for Nutrition and the role of UNSCN This paper aims to describe the current nutrition architecture and provides a detailed overview of the main nutrition actors and their mandate. It highlights the role of UNSCN in the architecture…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Impact Assessment of Policies to support Healthy Food Environments and Healthy Diets Outcomes and processes for accountability are sorely needed for assessing the impact of food systems policies on nutrition. The Framework for Action includes an adopted set of recommendations on…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Investments for Healthy Food Systems In the ICN2 Rome Declaration Commitment 15, Member States committed to ‘increase investments for effective interventions and actions to improve people's diets and nutrition, including in…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Enhancing Coherence between Trade Policy and Nutrition Action In Commitment 11 of the ICN2 Rome Declaration, Member States ‘acknowledge that trade is a key element in achieving food security and nutrition and that trade policies are to be conducive to…