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  1. How many language versions do GIEWS publications cover?
  2. What is the easiest way to use the data tables in GIEWS web publications?
  3. How many countries are covered by GIEWS?
  4. What is a Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) and how are they done?
  5. What are the sources of information used by GIEWS?

1. How many language versions do GIEWS publications cover?

Crop Prospects and Food Situation: English, French and Spanish

Food Outlook: Full report in English and Summaries in Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish and Russian

Global Food Price Monitor: Full report in English and Highlights in Chinese, French and Spanish

Special Reports and Alerts: English, other language version as needed.

In Archives:

Foodcrops and Shortages (up to 2005): English, French, Spanish, Chinese

Africa Report(up to 2005): English, French

Sahel Report(up to 2007): English, French

2. What is the easiest way to use the data tables in GIEWS web publications?

All the data tables in GIEWS web publications can be imported into Microsoft Excel©.
In Excel:
1. On the Data menu, select Import External Data, and click New Web Query.
2. In the New Web Query dialog box enter the URL for the Web page from which you want to get data.
3. Click Go.
4. Click next to the tables you want to import or click in the upper left corner of the page to import the entire page.
5. Click Import.

More Information on this function can be found in Microsoft Excel© Help ( type Web Query ).

3. How many countries are covered by GIEWS?

190 FAO member states (plus one member organization, the European Union).

4. What is a Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) and how are they done?

For countries facing widespread and serious food emergencies, FAO and WFP jointly carry out Crop and Food Security Assessment Missions (CFSAMs), at the request of national governments. The primary purpose of these Missions is to provide accurate, timely and credible information on imminent food security problems in a country or region so that appropriate actions can be taken by the governments, the international community, and others, to minimize the impact of the food emergency on the affected populations. It is the responsibility of the FAO and WFP mission members to prepare the CFSAM report which must be viewed as a UN document. In certain cases, the FAO team may also include additional experts in such areas as nutrition, trade and marketing, public health. In addition, to ensure transparency of the assessments and broader partnership in the exercise, FAO and WFP welcome the participation in CFSAMs by representatives from donor agencies or NGOs, acting as observers, provided the government has no objection to this, and as long as their number is small enough not to burden or interfere with the Mission. For more information on CFSAMs, see Special Reports, and the Methodology presentation.

5. What are the sources of information used by GIEWS?

We use many sources of information on weather and other natural conditions for agriculture, as well as on economic, social and political factors. Sources include meteorological information, agencies operating satellites for earth observation, news services such as Reuters, Associated Press, other news organizations, information from national institutions available through publications or web sites, various reports and studies. We also send questionnaires to various partners (FAO offices, government agencies, NGOs, etc.).