Nutrition in emergencies
AED's emergency nutrition model promotes early interventions that build local capacity, increase community resilience, and promote a rapid return to sustainable development. Linking relief to development requires resource integration and innovative interventions that can be scaled up. AED also works to promote a better understanding and use of the collection, reporting, and use of nutritional and food security data in emergencies. The need for specialized foods for use in emergency feeding has been the focus of a number of AED activities. Working with the United States Government, private sector, and NGOs, AED has been active in the development and deployment of novel therapeutic, supplementary and complete emergency foods-for feeding the severely malnourished child or adult, or for provision of nutritious fortified complementary foods for the growing infant. Recent work (in collaboration with Valid International and Concern Worldwide) with nutrient dense pastes based on fortified peanut butter has meant that this convenient, nutritious and clean food is available in a large number of refugee and other emergency situations. AED has been promoting local production and the use of local ingredients to reduce the cost and promote local economies.
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