This session provides an overview of the different typologies of food assistance responses and their appropriateness to different contexts.
The assistance is provided for the time needed to meet the humanitarian requirements, including support for operations that prepare for, prevent or mitigate disasters, or that facilitate recovery.
The responses suggested may often need to be interchanged or combined according to the context and the needs.
Objectives of HFA
In line with the Commission’s humanitarian mandate and the Humanitarian Regulation, the Staff Working Document considers the use of food assistance in crisis contexts where food consumption is insufficient or inadequate to avert extreme negative manifestations of transient food insecurity including:
All humanitarian food assistance and complementary activities must be linked to a food-intake intervention logic, and should strive to demonstrate a cost-effective impact on the food consumption and/or nutritional status of targeted beneficiaries.
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Where the problem to be addressed is food access response options include:
The use of food assistance in crisis contexts where food consumption is insufficient or inadequate is used to prevent extreme negative manifestations of transient food insecurity including:
To distribute food on a blanket basis means:
Provision of cash transfers to ensure that a household’s diverse multi-sectoral needs are covered