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Guidance Notes - Nutrition in Protracted Crises

Guidance Notes - Nutrition in Protracted Crises
Dec 2016
  • While malnutrition is one of the biggest challenges to development and human well-being in many countries, rates of malnutrition, especially stunting, are significantly higher in countries in the throes of protracted crises.
  • Malnutrition and crises go hand in hand: malnutrition both impacts on and is affected by crises.
  • Protracted crises impact negatively on people’s lives and livelihoods and the factors responsible for malnutrition: food insecurity, inappropriate care and feeding practices, poor health environment.
  • Understanding the causes of malnutrition involves a multisectoral overview, drawing on both quantitative data and participatory assessment and planning methods.
  • Based on CFS-FFA Principles and the accompanying set of broad key recommendations, advocacy and capacity development measures should be put in place to support greater nutrition-sensitive policies and actions that improve the underlying factors of nutrition: food security, care and health.
  • Diversification of food production and livelihoods coupled with food and nutrition education are key to promoting diverse and healthy diets alongside ensuring appropriate care and feeding practises.
  • Diet-related indicators are key early warning indicators. They also provide a good way of estimating the nutritional outcomes of food security and agriculture programmes.
  • Nutrition needs to be integrated in resilience-building programmes to support a peoplecentred approach and build a bridge between short-term crisis management and longer-term development.
  • Malnutrition cannot be tackled by one sector alone and needs multisectoral and multi-stakeholder solutions. Synergies can be promoted between partners and coordination mechanisms working on food security, nutrition and resilience for an integrated food security and nutrition response.
  • Applying a nutrition lens to social protection policies and programmes holds great potential for improving the nutrition situation of vulnerable populations.

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