Virtual Environmental and Humanitarian Adviser Tool – (VEHA Tool) is a tool
to easily integrate environmental considerations in humanitarian response. Field Implementation guidances are useful for the design and execution of humanitarian activities in the field.
Training specialists in the environmental impacts of nutrition programs and the environmental drivers of malnutrition is key to both reducing waste and pollution and to helping communities build resilience against future malnutrition.
Capacity-building should be provided as locally as possible so it remains local and it is culturally appropriate so more likely to be accepted and used. The needs of the most vulnerable people should be clearly addressed in training/capacity building.
Loss of biodiversity and ecosystems
Natural resource depletion
Impact on wellbeing / mental health
Nutrition projects can have negative impacts on the environment:
An INGO working with communities on nutritional diversity in several countries identified traditional crop varieties that improved nutrition and were accepted by local communities. However, monitoring demonstrated no change in people’s diets. Further investigation demonstrated that farmers were being compelled to buy and plant terminator crops. The INGO campaigned for laws to be changed in these countries. In collaboration with other agencies, this has been successful.
The number of workers, including volunteers, trained / capacity built on nutrition requirements and sources, and addressing the underlying drivers of malnutrition, including environmental drivers.
Time and budget to develop and deliver appropriate contextualized training courses/capacity building including on nutrition, behaviours, and underlying drivers of malnutrition.