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Nutritional products used by WFP

Fortified Blended Foods (FBFs)

FBFs are cereals mixed with other ingredients such as soya, beans, pulses, oil seeds and dried skimmed milk. They are fortified with vitamins and minerals. Corn Soya Blend (CSB), which is shown here, is the main blended food distributed by WFP.

Micronutrient Powder, or 'Sprinkles',

These are individual sachets containing the recommended daily intake of 16 vitamins and minerals for one person. They can be sprinkled into home-prepared food.

High Energy Biscuits

High Energy Biscuits are wheat-based biscuits which provide 450 kilocalories of energy and at least 10 grams of protein per 100 grams. They are fortified with vitamins and minerals.(Copyright: WFP/Rein Skullerud)

Compressed food bars (BP5)

These are often used in disaster relief operations when local food can’t be distributed or prepared. They can also be used as a supplement to local food when treating moderate malnutrition.

Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food

This product is mostly used in emergency operations or at the beginning of a WFP intervention for prevention or treatment of moderate malnutrition.

Ready-to Use Supplementary Food (RUSF)

RUSFs are well suited to meet the nutritional needs of young and moderate malnourished children. This is a peanut-based one which also contains vegetable oil and dried skimmed milk.

Date Bars

These date-filled biscuits can be used as an energy-providing snack in a variety of situations. They are fortified with vitamin A and iron. They are easy to distribute, don't require any preparation and are a known and accepted food.

The Food Basket (General Food Distributions)

The key components of the WFP food basket are: a staple such as wheat flour or rice; lentils, chickpeas or other pulses; vegetable oil (fortified with vitamin A and D); sugar; and iodised salt. Often these are complemented with fortified foods, such as Corn Soya Blend.

Nutrition is a key consideration in all types of food assistance operations, from general food distributions to therapeutic feeding and school meals programmes. This gallery shows the main types of food we use in these different situations.