The limited amounts of citrus fruit, guavas and camel's milk distributed to refugees in Somalia proved to be very difficult logistically and expensive, and this intervention was discontinued (M. Dualeh, UNHCR, personal communication; Desenclos, 1989; WHO, 1989). The feasibility of providing foods such as onions and potatoes has not been sufficiently tested in these settings.
Vegetables are being distributed, e.g. to refugees in Nepal. Procurement of sufficient quantities and related logistics seem to be under control. However, Nepal's refugee population of 85 000 is small compared to the millions in Africa and fresh vegetables are much more readily available in Nepal than in the arid areas of the Horn of Africa.