Natural disasters as well as complex emergencies at times can have significant effects on household food security and nutritional status of the affected population. Assessing such impact and understanding the coping mechanisms of different affected social groups is needed to target, design and implement appropriate strategies that will protect and promote good nutrition and household food security throughout relief and rehabilitation responses. Activities in this area of study strive to strengthen capacity within governments and local institutions to design and implement such strategies and to improve collaboration among various organizations dealing directly with nutrition concerns in emergency relief and rehabilitation.
The course content examines food insecurity and nutritional deficiencies as they appear in different types of humanitarian emergencies. The course discusses the profiles of international relief organizations that are involved in nutrition and food assistance are presented and common nutrition and food assistance interventions in emergency settings. Factors contributing to food insecurity are considered and various response modalities, including in-kind assistance and cash-based approaches, are discussed.
Introduction to food security and Nutrition in Humanitarian emergencies
Roles, responsibilities, and key stakeholders in humanitarian assistance
Social-political factors surrounding emergencies
Approaches to Nutrition Situation Analysis in Crisis
Strategies to support & strengthen food security and restore livelihoods
Management of food and nutrition responses in emergency
Monitoring and evaluation of food and nutrition responses in emergency
There are four assignments (continuous assessment tests), a research paper and one examination to be offered at the end of the course. Assignments account for 40%, research paper accounts for 30% while Examination accounts for 30% of the mark. Upon completion of the course, you shall be issued a Diploma Certificate and a course transcript.
Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive a Post Graduate Certificate of Merit and a transcript.