What problem did it address, where?
The FAO-led Inter-Agency FIVIMS Initiative assists countries to improve their efforts to identify people who are food insecure or vulnerable to food insecurity. Strengthened and more integrated food insecurity and vulnerability information systems at the national level can provide better and more up-to-date information to the policy-makers and members of civil society concerned with food security issues at all levels in the country.
Improved information can be actively used to produce better results in efforts (policies and interventions) to reduce the number of undernourished and achieve food security for all.
The FIVIMS Initiative promotes best practices in generating food insecurity and vulnerability information to identify food insecure and vulnerable groups at national and sub-national level.
At the national level, FIVIMS is implemented through a network of information systems that gather and analyze data relevant for measuring and monitoring food insecurity and vulnerability; better understanding of food insecurity and vulnerability is expected to result in targeted hunger-reduction interventions.
In the Philippines the FIVIMS Briefing Kit provides guidance on the establishment of a national Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Information System. In addition to a series of information leaflets on basic FIVIMS concepts, approaches, indicators, and organizational/operational frameworks, the Briefing Kit consists of a Manual of Operations that contains twelve chapters describing the different components needed to make a national FIVIMS operational. Components include identification of indicators on statistical, practical and logistic basis; establishment of operational framework; illustration of Philippines FIVIMS implementing agencies and steps; identification of users and their information needs; and description of advocacy strategy, capacity building plans, organization, management, networking, and monitoring and evaluation of the system.
The Philippines documents serve as good practice of how FIVIMS can be successfully established at country level. At the same time they constitute a fundamental reference and an advocacy tool to create awareness, understanding and also appreciation of the Government mission to reduce hunger and poverty in the country.
The Briefing Kit and Manual of Operations are the result of a collaboration between the Secretariat of the Philippines FIVIMS, based at the National Nutrition Council, and the FAO-Japanese Trust Fund programme known as "AsiaFIVIMS."
The FIVIMS Briefing Kit of the Philippines constitutes a good practice that other countries wanting to set up a food insecurity and vulnerability information network can use for inspiration.