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Food Security, Nutrition and Food Aid

Chapter 3

Divided into four sections: 1) Food Security and Nutrition Assessment and Analysis standards, 2) Food Security standards, 3) Nutrition standards and 4) Food Aid standards. While the Food Security and Nutrition standards are a practical expression of the right to food, the Food Aid standards are more operationally focused. The Food Aid standards can contribute towards the achievement of both the Food Security and Nutrition standards.
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International Legal Instruments

  • United National Economic and Social Council (1999), The Right to Adequate Food (via Human Rights Library, Minnesota website) (Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), CESCR General Comment 12, 12 May 1999: UN Doc E/C 12/1999/5.
  • Cotula, L and Vidar, M (2002), Right to Adequate Food in Emergencies (via FAO website), The FAO Legislative Study 77, Food and Agricultural Organisation Legal Office, Rome.
  • Pejic, J (2001), The Right to Food in Situations of Armed Conflict: The Legal Framework. International Review of the Red Cross, vol 83, no 844 p1097-1110. Geneva. (PDF file 86.4 KB)
  • UN Commission on Human Rights (2002), The Right to Food. Report by the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Ziegler, submitted in accordance with Commission on Human Rights Resolution 2001/25 and General Assembly Resolution of 2001/25. E/CN. 4/2002/58. United National Economic and Social Council (PDF file 180 KB)
  • United Nations General Assembly (2001), The Right to Food. Note by the Secretary-General. Preliminary Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food of the Commission on Human Rights. Ziegler, J. A/56/210. (PDF file 263 KB)

Food Security Assessment

Food Security Information Systems

Anthropometric Assessment

Food Security Interventions

  • Alidri, P, Doorn, Jv., El-Zoghbi, M, Houtart, M, Larson, D, Nagarajan, D, Tsilikounas, C. (2002), Introduction to Microfinance in Conflict-Affected Communities: A Training Programme. International Labour Organization and UNHCR.
  • Catholic Relief Service (2002), Seed Vouchers and Fairs: A Manual for Seed-Based Agricultural Recovery in Africa (via Food Aid management website). Catholic Relief Services, in collaboration with Overseas Development Institute and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. (PDF file 1.03 MB)
  • Catley, A, Blakeway, S and Leyland, T (2002). Community-Based Animal Healthcare. A Practical Guide to Improving Primary Veterinary Services. Intermediate Technology Development Group Publishing. London ISBN 1853394858
  • Johnson, D (1998), Distributing Seeds and Tools in Emergencies. Skills and Practice Series, Oxfam Publishing. Oxford. ISBN 0-85598-383-3
  • Lumsden, S and Naylor, E (in press). Cash-For-Work Programming. A Practical Guide. Oxfam GB. Oxford.
  • Nagarajan, G (1999), Microfinance in Post-Conflict Situations: Towards Guiding Principles for Action. Joint ILO/UNHCR Technical Workshop: Microfinance in Post-Conflict Countries. 15-17 September, 1999.
  • Powers, L (2002), Livestock Interventions: Important Principles for OFDA (via USAID website). Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID. Washington. (PDF file 255 KB)
  • Remington, T, Maroko, J, Walsh, S, Omanga, P and Charles, E (2002), Getting Off the Seeds-and-Tools Treadmill with CRS Seed Vouchers and Fairs. Disasters, 26(4),316-328.

General emergency nutrition manuals

  • Prudhon, C (2002), Assessment and Treatment of Malnutrition in Emergency Situations: Manual of Therapeutic Care and Planning for a Nutritional programme, Action Contre la Faim, Paris.
  • UNHCR/UNICEF/WFP/WHO (2002), Food and Nutrition Needs in Emergencies. Geneva.
  • WFP (2000), Food and Nutrition Handbook. Rome
  • WHO (2000), The Management of Nutrition in Major Emergencies. Geneva

At-Risk Groups

  • FAO/WHO (2003), Living Well with HIV/AIDS (via FAO website). A manual on Nutritional Care and Support for People Living with HIV/AIDS. Rome.104 pp
  • HelpAge International (2001), Addressing the Nutritional Needs of Older People in Emergency Situations in Africa: Ideas for Action. Africa Regional Development Centre, Nairobi. (PDF file 238 KB)
  • Piwoz, E and Preble E (2000), HIV/AIDS and Nutrition: a Review of the Literature and Recommendations for Nutritional Care and Support in Sub-Saharan Africa. Academy for Educational Development, SARA II Project - funded by United States Government Agency for International Development (USAID). Contract no. AOT-C-00-99-00-237-00. (PDF file 2.14 MB)
  • Winstock, A (1994), The Practical Management of Eating and Drinking Difficulties in Children. Winslow Press: Bicester, Oxon.

Infant and Young Child Feeding

Therapeutic feeding

Micronutrient deficiencies

Food aid

Last updated Apr 01, 2011