Humanitarian Food Security Capacity Building Plan (Draft)


EMERGENCY FOOD SECURITY TRAINING PLAN 2009/5/14th

Background:

This document outlines training modules that support CARE’s Humanitarian Food Security Strategy. It is therefore specifically designed to support staff from:
- Focus Country Offices (as identified in the Strategy),
- CERT members with a food security specialization and
- Emergency responses globally that are implementing a food security response.

Financial support for staff to attend the training modules outlined in this plan will therefore be targeted at this audience. However, since a number of the course are available for free or at low cost this plan may also be a useful guide for staff in other Country Offices and RMU’s as well as CARE Member staff that support food security projects.

This document is divided into 5 sections. The first section covers topics that provide a general introduction while the next 4 sections cover specialized training that will not be necessary or suitable for all staff. The 4 specialist topics correspond with the core capacities identified in the Humanitarian Food Security Strategy and it is assumed that in the majority of cases a person would only specialize in analysis and one other specialist capacity.

  1. Foundation/Essentials – Core training modules that provide an introduction to the humanitarian food security sector and CARE’s Humanitarian Food Security Strategy. These modules are therefore suitable for people that need an over-view of the sector (e.g. senior managers that over-see a humanitarian food security response), but are also compulsory for all CERT members with a food security specialization.
  2. Analysis – Foundational training for all specialists that covers the key situation and response analysis tools
  3. Markets & Livelihoods - Specialist training modules for the analysis of livelihoods and markets.
  4. Food Aid - Specialist training modules for the programming and management of food aid
  5. Nutrition & Public Health - Specialist training modules for monitoring nutritional status, analyzing the causes of malnutrition and address malnutrition through supplementary and therapeutic feeding

This is a working document that outlines available training modules. This document will therefore be updated as new training modules become available


1. Foundation/Essentials Core training modules that provide an introduction to the humanitarian food security sector and CARE’s Humanitarian Food Security Strategy. These modules are therefore suitable for people that need an over-view of the sector (e.g. senior managers that over-see a humanitarian food security response), but are also compulsory for all CERT members with a food security specialization.

Topic
Rationale
Training Provider
Availability
Cost
Introduction to the Agenda for Action, and Humanitarian Food Security component
Overview – introduction to CARE’s approach to emergency food security.
Documents available on CARE’s emergency food security wiki: http://emergency.care2share.wikispaces.net/food+security
On-line
n/a
Gender Equality and GBV Programming in Humanitarian Action Workshop Series
Access to food in a food insecure environment is a powerful tool, it is critical that issues of gender and protection are taken seriously in all CARE’s emergency food security responses.
Gender Cluster
http://www.humanitarianreform.org/humanitarianreform/Default.aspx?tabid=454

- - For course info email Julie Montgomery (jmontgom@interaction.org )
e-learning module: July 2009

Free
Nutritional Status Assessment & Analysis
Nutrition is the key indicator of impact, and often a vital trigger for responses.
FAO/EC
http://www.foodsec.org/DL/dlintro_en.asp
On-line / On-demand
Free

2. Analysis Foundational training for all specialists that covers the key situation and response analysis tools – apart from the residential M&E course which is a specialist training and therefore not required for all CERT members.

Topic
Rationale
Training Provider
Availability
Cost
Food Security Information Systems
General over-view
FAO/EC
http://www.foodsec.org/DL/dlintro_en.asp
On-line / On-demand
Free
Sphere Standards for Food Security Analysis
Sphere Standards provide the ‘industry’ bench mark.
Sphere: http://www.sphereproject.org/component/option,com_docman/task,cat_view/gid,18/Itemid,203/
On-line / On-demand
Free
Integrated Food Security Phase Classification
Collaborative process & technical tool for situation analysis that is comparable across time & place.
User guide available at www.ipcinfo.org
On-line / On-demand
Free

3. Markets & Livelihoods
Specialist training modules for the analysis of livelihoods and markets.

Topic
Rationale
Training Provider
Availability
Cost
Priority
Coping Strategies Index (CSI);
great tool for emergencies, quick, simple, not a lagging indicator and measures outcomes. Supports the IPC and complements nutritional surveys very well to different food security drivers of malnutrition.
1. CSI manuals (v.2) is available on CARE’s emergency food security wiki: http://emergency.care2share.wikispaces.net/food+security

On-line / On-demand
High
Available
Cash programming
Key and growing intervention method (e.g. WFP strategic direction) that CARE has little institutional support for.
Cash Learning Partnership (Oxfam GB, Save UK and UK Red Cross) regional trainings.
Regional Training Workshops
Free Training, but transportation and accommodation CARE must cover
Available
-- For course registration and info contact Elizabeth Chebet (chebet@un.org), cc Zehra Rizvi (ZRizvi@redcross.org.uk)
Nairobi, Kenya. April 27th-29th, 2009
Emergency Market Mapping & Analysis (EMMA)
Quick & simple tool to inform response analysis re: cash/vouchers & local/regional purchase
IRC – contact miles murray for further details: mmurray@care.org
June 15th – 19th 2009
Washington DC
Free
August 10th – 14th 2009
London, UK
Sphere Standards for Food Security
Sphere Standards provide the ‘industry’ bench mark.
Sphere
http://www.sphereproject.org/component/option,com_docman/task,cat_view/gid,18/Itemid,203/
On-line
Free
Available
On-demand


4. Food aid:
Specialist training modules for the programming and management of food aid
Topic
Rationale
Training Provider
Availability
Cost
Sphere Standards for Food Aid
Sphere Standards provide the ‘industry’ bench mark.
Sphere
http://www.sphereproject.org/component/option,com_docman/task,cat_view/gid,18/Itemid,203/
On-line / On-demand
Free


5. Nutrition: Specialist training modules for monitoring nutritional status, analyzing the causes of malnutrition and address malnutrition through supplementary and therapeutic feeding[1].
Topic
Rationale
Training Provider
Availability
Cost
M&E to improve impact of food and nutritional security
In-depth course
Wageningen University
http://www.cdic.wur.nl/UK/newsagenda/agenda/Food_and_nutrition_security.htm

3 week Course: May/June every year
2,800 Euro
Sphere Standards for Nutrition
Sphere Standards provide the ‘industry’ bench mark.
Sphere
http://www.sphereproject.org/component/option,com_docman/task,cat_view/gid,18/Itemid,203/
On-line / On-demand
Free
Key concepts in
food and nutrition security**[2]**

intended to give a basic introduction to nutrition in emergencies for generalist food security programmers
Wageningen University
http://www.cdic.wur.nl/UK/newsagenda/agenda/Food_and_nutrition_security.htm


On-line / On-demand
550 Euro
Harmonized Emergency Nutrition Training Package
Emergency nutrition - Each module comprises four sections: i) briefing paper for senior decision makers; ii) technical notes for practitioners; iii) trainers' guide; and iv) reference material/sources.
Nutrition Cluster & NutritionWorks http://www.humanitarianreform.org/Default.aspx?tabid=488

On-line / on-demand

Free
Nutrition in Emergencies
intensive training introduces current best practice within this rapidly evolving sector and provides an overview of some of the issues surrounding nutrition programming in humanitarian emergencies. Topics studied include a review of the different types of malnutrition, their direct and underlying causes, how malnutrition is measured, and effective nutrition interventions
Centre for Public Health Nutrition, University of Westminster


www.wmin.ac.uk/sih/page-1104
7th-11th September 2009 in London
UKL 650


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[1] n.b. the Humanitarian Food Security Strategy recommends that CARE only undertakes therapeutic feeding interventions with external technical support and in situations where partners that specialize in therapeutic feeding are not able to intervene themselves
[2] http://www.cdic.wur.nl/UK/newsagenda/agenda/Food_and_nutrition_security.htm



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[1] n.b. the Humanitarian Food Security Strategy recommends that CARE only undertakes therapeutic feeding interventions with external technical support and in situations where partners that specialize in therapeutic feeding are not able to intervene themselves
[2] n.b. the Humanitarian Food Security Strategy recommends that CARE only undertakes therapeutic feeding interventions with external technical support and in situations where partners that specialize in therapeutic feeding are not able to intervene themselves
[3] http://www.cdic.wur.nl/UK/newsagenda/agenda/Food_and_nutrition_security.htm