Course by instructor approval only. This is a two-week intensive summer course held in Rome, Italy. This course will explore the dynamics of the use of food aid, the largest single component of humanitarian emergencies. The course will review policies that guide the use of food aid, as principal controversies surrounding the use of food aid in emergency and transition settings. The course will also explore assessment techniques used to gauge the vulnerability of affected populations and their needs for food-based interventions. Lastly, the course will explore the food aid management system and its logistics. Field visits will be conducted to the principal UN agencies involved in food aid as well as diplomatic missions that determine food aid policies.