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Photo showing a small child holding a can of food provided food by USAID Africa after thousands displaced from Goma after Volcano eruption.
Photo Credit: © WFP/Arlette Bashizi

BSFBlanket supplementary feeding programs (BSFP) are one of the approaches commonly used to support food insecure households and, in some circumstances, may help to prevent wasting in children under five during periods where food availability may be insufficient. To better understand how supplementary feeding programs can be most effective, USAID Advancing Nutrition carried out a learning activity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to: 

  1. Better understand how the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has implemented blanket supplementary feeding programs (BSFP) in the DRC
  2. Provide information to help determine optimal circumstances for using BSFP in the DRC in the future

To meet the objectives of this learning activity, researchers used a mixed methods approach, including reviewing relevant reports and nutrition and food security cluster data, analyzing secondary data on MAM and SAM caseloads and prevalence, and conducting a literature review of gray and peer reviewed literature along with interviews with stakeholders, experts, and other donors.

While this learning activity focused on the DRC, it provided broader learning and considerations about BSFP in similar settings. Learning from this activity will be shared in a report made available in the USAID Advancing Nutrition Resource Hub.