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Increased consumption of highly processed food in emergencies

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Alison Donnelly

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30 May 2022, 09:23

Can anyone point me towards any data/documentation of people affected by humanitarian crises increasing their consumption of cheap, low nutrient content, highly processed food (such as biscuits, instant noodles etc)? 

Jodine Chase

IFE Core Group Facilitator

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2 Jun 2022, 13:41

There is a reference to the inappropriate distribution of instant noodles in IDP camps in Timor Leste after 2021 flooding in this webinar "Strategies for Infant and Young Child Feeding in Climate Related Emergencies" produced earlier this year by the Global Breastfeeding Collective and the IFE Core Group for CSW66:

It is referenced as part of a case study presented by Dr. Magdelena Whoolery and can be found at about minute 55-56.

This research study from Nepal may also be of interest:

Pepijn Schreinemachers, Rachana Manandhar Shrestha, Bishal Gole, Dhruba Raj Bhattarai, Puspa Lal Ghimire, Bhishma P. Subedi, Tilman Brück, Ghassan Baliki, Ishwori P. Gautam & Christine E. Blake (2021) Drivers of Food Choice among Children and Caregivers in Post-earthquake Nepal, Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 60:6, 826-846, DOI: 10.1080/03670244.2021.1969925

Hope this helps!

-- Jodine Chase

Alison Donnelly

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14 Jun 2022, 10:29

Thanks Jodine!

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