Infant and young child feeding in emergencies (Version 2.1)

Operational guidance for emergency relief staff and programme managers

IFE Core Group [WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, IBFAN-GIFA, CARE USA, Foundation Terre des hommes and the Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN)]

Publication details

Number of pages: 26
Publication date: 2007
Languages: Arabic, Bahasa (Indonesia), Chinese, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish



The aim of this document is to provide concise, practical (but non technical) guidance on how to ensure appropriate infant and young child feeding in emergencies. A number of elements are also applicable in non-emergency settings.

The Operational Guidance focuses especially on infants and young children under 2 years of age and their caregivers, recognising their particular vulnerability in emergencies.

It is intended for emergency relief staff and programme managers of all agencies working in emergency programmes, including national governments, United Nations (UN) agencies, national and international non-government organisations (NGOs), and donors. It applies in emergency situations in all countries, and extends to non-emergency situations, particularly in the interest of emergency preparedness.

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