In order to take effective action to reduce hunger, stakeholders and decision-makers need reliable, detailed information about the extent of the problem and the people it affects. The World Food Summit mandated the establishment of a Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Information and Mapping Systems (FIVIMS) programme to provide that information. The FIVIMS initiative draws on many existing information systems, such as crop forecasting and early warning systems, household food security and nutritional information systems, and vulnerability assessment and mapping systems.
FIVIMS operates on both national and global levels. Nationally, it provides a link for existing information systems that gather and analyse relevant data, ranging from health and climate to markets and household food security. Globally, it is being coordinated by an inter-agency working group (IAWG), with FAO as its secretariat. The IAWG supports the national-level systems and is working to establish a common database and information exchange network. Its members include United Nations agencies, bilateral aid agencies and international or non-governmental organizations.
The immediate objectives of FIVIMS are to: