Diploma In Food Security & Nutrition in Humanitarian Emergencies

Course Overview

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.

The program provides students with competencies.

  • 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
  • Food aid/assistance
  • 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 Diploma Certificate of Merit and a transcript.

Duration: 6 Months

Fee: $700


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