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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The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World Report

04/12/2017 - The 2017 edition of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report highlights that, after steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is again on the rise, affecting 815 [...]

Guidance Note for UN Humanitarian Coordinators - Integrated multi-sectoral nutrition actions to achieve global and national nutrition-related SDG targets, particularly in fragile and conflict affected states (FCAS)

21/08/2017 - As evidenced today, more than ever before, malnutrition is rampant in emergency situations. Globally, many of those who are affected by wars, civil unrests and natural disasters are also suffering [...]

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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Guidance Note on Integration of Nutrition in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework The purpose of this Guidance Note is to assist United Nation Country Teams (UNCTs) with the integration of nutrition into the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), using a…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Schools as a System to Improve Nutrition Given the changing circumstances in the nutrition landscape, there is a need to reassess and reiterate the role of the schools in improving health and nutritional status of children. This discussion…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Sustainable Diets for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing all nations today leading to not only environmental but also economic and social consequences. It has increased the risk of weather-related…
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…