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WFP-the essential ‘Food and Nutrition Handbook’

WFP have published, with collaboration from Nutrition Works, a 'Food and Nutrition Handbook' (2000). Aimed at all WFP staff who are involved in the delivery of food assistance, this document is designed as both a reference and training manual. It should enable staff to assess and analyse the nutrition situation in their country or region and help manage the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of interventions.

The handbook covers a range of topics that include: basic food and nutrition concepts, the process of assessing and analysing types of nutritional problems and their causes, practical applications of nutrition interventions, the range of nutrition related programmes supported by WFP, tools for planning an adequate ration, selective feeding modalities, general food distribution and the core principles of nutrition information, education and communication as complementary intervention strategies.

The Food and Nutrition Handbook is a valuable resource, easy to read and a great reference tool while in the field. WFP stress that this document complements but does not replace other key material e.g. UNHCR, WHO documents or SPHERE Minimum standards.

For further information contact Anne Callanan at the Nutrition Unit, WFP, Via Cesare Giulio Viola 68/70, 00148 Rome, Italy. Tel: +39 06 65131 or Email: Anne.Callanan@wfp.org

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