- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Mozambique/Malawi: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Hellen - Mar 2014
- Mozambique: Floods - Jan 2013
- Tropical Storm Irina - Mar 2012
- Mozambique: Storms and Floods - Jan 2012
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
Since its inception over ten years ago, the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) has progressed from its early focus on the development of technical tools and materials and filling research gaps to a much greater emphasis on strengthening country coordination and providing surge support to secure appropriate and high-quality nutrition programming in emergency contexts.
This report is a synthesis from lessons of government experiences of scale up of community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM). It is based on nine country case studies (Ethiopia, Pakistan, Niger, Somalia, Kenya, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Mozambique), considerations around scale-up from India, and the proceedings of an international conference in Addis Ababa, 14-17 November, 2011 at which the case studies and India experiences were presented and discussed. The contributions of an additional 12 countries at the conference are also reflected in this report.
From the Editor
There are two major themes running through this issue of Field Exchange. The first is a focus on Southern Africa and the programmatic challenges presented by HIV/AIDS and the second concerns infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IFE). An extended visit to South Africa over the summer by ENN co-director, Marie McGrath, offered the opportunity to visit several collaborative WFP programmes in Swaziland and Namibia and also to identify significant HIV-related research in the region.
From the Editor
This special issue of Field Exchange focuses on the food aid component of HIV related programming and was made possible through additional funding from DFID RSA. How the ENN have gathered field material for this issue marks a significant departure from our usual approach, in that a consultant (Mary Corbett) was taken on as a kind of roving researcher/correspondent.
Summary of published paper1
According to a recent article in Humanitarian Exchange, geographic information systems (GIS) are playing an increasingly important role in food security and demining programmes. GIS are computer-generated maps, built up with layers of information. The key components are land use, infrastructure, and topography, on top of which information on other features such as population movements, settlements patterns and accessibility, may also be layered.
Mining poses serious problems in more than 65 countries.
Summary1 of published paper
Existing guidelines on emergency seed provisioning contain very little practical advice on how to determine whether or not relief seed inputs are needed by farmers affected by conflict or natural disaster. An increasing number of studies show that some emergency seed interventions have very little impact, relative to their high costs. Furthermore, the rationale on which such projects are based is now coming under question.
Summary of meeting
By Marie McGrath (ENN)
On November 5th, 2002 a meeting was convened by MSF Belgium on the nutritional situation in Southern Africa.
by Judith Lewis, Coordinator
United Nations Regional Inter-Agency Coordination and Support Office in Southern Africa (RIACSO)
By Gaëlle Fedida
Since 1993, Gaëlle Fedida has worked in humanitarian aid in a wide variety of countries, including Croatia, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville and Afghanistan. Now based in Paris, she is in charge of the Food Aid Programme for MSF France operations. In this article, the author describes how recent experiences in Angola and Southern Africa have led her to challenge how the humanitarian community define and prioritise need in emergencies.
Since 1995, MSF France has had a food aid cell at their headquarters in Paris.
Summary of Unpublished Study*
Micronutrient deficiencies have been reported in emergencies in populations who are dependent upon food aid, particularly refugees and IDPs. A review was recently carried out by a WHO intern to determine the awareness and progress in the field in detecting and/or preventing these outbreaks. Questionnaires were sent out to approximately 80 contacts, including academics, NGOs, aid agencies and individuals to gather information about activities and knowledge in the field.