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Set up of General Food Distribution

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Clinical Nutritionist, KNH, Nairobi

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9 Aug 2016, 07:36

I am interested in write up on "an effective general food distribution system in a refugee setting"
What are the key things an NGO should put into consideration in order to provide an effective and efficient services in delivering General food distribution. Is there a guideline that has provisions for this? What is the best practice? Where what are the likely loop holes, or setbacks?

Thank you.




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10 Aug 2016, 08:28

as to get food general food distribution you have to plan and survey good system that is makes easy all follow-up material incidents for camp management,
1: good storage
2: emergency site must available
3: water sources is necessary
4: shelter for every individual


Marian Bangura

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11 Aug 2016, 01:00

Dear Alexander,

You can follow this link; its an extract from the WFP's Food and Nutrition Handbook. I hope you will find it useful.


Leah Richardson

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11 Aug 2016, 07:39


The HTP has some guidance on food distributions here

The HTP also has a resource section.

Save the Children has good guidance on Blanket SFP

FEX has a special issue on targeting

WFP has a manual on food assistance and GFD

UNHCR also has a manual on food assistance in refugee settings

Yvonette Serrano Duque, MD


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18 Aug 2016, 08:37

Aside from those enumerated by the rest, consider context of the population.
1. No milk substitutes as this may go against milk policies and breastfeeding initiatives - essential during emergencies.
2. Don't give cheese if people do not eat cheese. They might use them as soap (IP communities).
3. Consider nutritional value of the food that will be distributed.
4. Ensure NCD diet for older people or they may contribute to the longer term mortality and morbidity of the refugee population.

Anselimo Makokha

Professor/Jomo Kenyatta Univ of Agric. & Tech.

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18 Aug 2016, 12:21

An assessment of the situation in the refugee setting where the GFD system will be set up is essential. Among other objectives, this will help in understanding the background of the situation, the preferred staple foods, and important details of the mechanism for distribution including frequency of distribution, staff availability for distribution, involvement of the recipients in managing and implementation of the GFD.

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