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Food Scarcity and Famine

By Helen Young
ISBN: 9780855981457
This book provides a new approach to assessing and responding to situations of food scarcity and gives a comprehensive explanation of how to assess these situations in order to judge which interventions will be most effective.

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  • Synopsis
    Over the years Oxfam has been involved in a wide variety of health-related projects. The Practical Health Guides draw on this experience to put forward ideas on best practice in the provision of health care and services in developing countries. Where people are suffering from food scarcity or famine, the obvious response seems to be food aid. This may indeed be necessary, but handing out food may not be the best solution, and other actions could be equally urgent, such as public health or income support measures. This book provides a new approach to assessing and responding to situations of food scarcity and gives a comprehensive explanation of how to assess these situations in order to judge which interventions will be most effective. This book offers advice on carrying out initial assessments and nutrition surveys, and emphasises the importance of finding out the underlying causes of food scarcity by seeking out the views of those affected. Food distribution, and how to target the people who need it most, supplementary and therapeutic feeding programmes, are also covered.
  • Table of Contents
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction

    Part 1: Food scarcity, famine and malnutrition
    1.1 Food scarcity and famine
    1.2 Nutrition and malnutrition
    1.3 Looking at the wider picture

    Part 2: Assessments and surveys
    2.1 Deciding what information you need for decision making
    2.2 Choosing methods of collecting the information
    2.3 Planning your assessment and organising your team
    2.4 Analysing and interpreting your findings
    2.5 Presenting your findings

    Part 3: Using your findings in making decisions
    3.1 Your analysis of the situation
    3.2 Choosing the appropriate response
    3.3 Targeting

    Part 4: Food distribution
    4.1 Some problems that might occur
    4.2 General food rations
    4.3 Supplementary feeding programmes
    4.4 Therapeutic feeding

    Conclusion
    Appendix 1: Early warning
    Appendix 2: Wealth ranking
    Appendix 3: Selecting clusters for a nutrition survey
    Appendix 4: Nutrition survey statistics
    Appendix 5: How to measue children
    Appendix 6: Report format
    Appendix 7: Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
    Appendix 8: Nutritional value of food aid commodities and common foods in Africa
    Appendix 9: Oxfam kits
    Appendix 10: Food aid biscuits
    Appendix 11: Recipes for supplementary feeding programmes
    Appendix 12: Food storage
    Further reading
    Glossary
    Index
  • Details
    Sub Title N/A
    Author Helen Young
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 132
    Format Paperback / softback