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Principle 12 of the UN Guideline and Principles states that all internally displaced persons have the right to an adequate standard of living. At the minimum, regardless of the circumstances, and without discrimination, competent authorities shall provide internally displaced persons with and ensure safe access to: (a) Essential food...; 3. Special efforts should be made to ensure the full participation of women in the planning and distribution of these basic supplies.
In addressing the food needs of IDPs, it is important to keep in mind that priority should be given to the most vulnerable populations, including IDPs generally and particular subgroups with special food needs, such as children, pregnant or lactating women, persons with HIV/AIDS, and the elderly. Food aid should be safe, culturally acceptable, provided in ways that do not adversely affect local producers and markets, and organized so as to facilitate the achievement or resumption of food self-sufficiency on the part of the beneficiaries.
The Food Bank Project
The IDP Food Bank Project has a mission to put in place a sustainable system for food assistance. As an accompanying project to the School Without Wall program, the goal is to feed 2000 internally displaced children in the School Without Walls' campuses across IDP camps in Abuja. Each family or individual must be linked to a sustainable benefactor, who will commit to providing a monthly stipend for the food needs of such a family. For those yet to be so linked, it is important to set up a food stamps system that will allow such people procure whatever they need for their food.
To put in place a sustainable system for food assistance
Opportunities for Partnership
Stipend support to families
We estimate that with a stipend of N20,000- N30,000 a family of 4 can adequately feed for a month. An individual or family may choose to adopt one or more families and make a monthly or yearly commitment to supporting their food provision.
Food stamps to other IDPs
We also estimate that with a stipend of N10,000-N15,000 an individual can adequately feed for a month. An individual or family may choose to adopt one or more individuals and make a monthly or yearly commitment to supporting their feeding.