This fourth edition of The State of Food Insecurity in the World was prepared as a collaborative effort within FAO led by the Economic and Social Department (ES).
Overall leadership was provided by Hartwig de Haen, Assistant Director-General, ES, assisted by Prakash Shetty, Chief of the Nutrition Planning, Assessment and Evaluation Service (ESNA), who served as the chair of the core technical team. Invaluable conceptual and editorial assistance was provided by Andrew Marx of KnowledgeView Ltd.
Other members of the core technical team were: William Meyers, Barbara Huddleston and Kostas Stamoulis, Agriculture and Economic Development Analysis Division; Jorge Mernies, Statistics Division; David Wilcock, FIVIMS Coordinator; and Nicholas Hughes, Programme Coordinator, ES Department.
The following FAO staff provided technical contributions: Jelle Bruinsma and Josef Schmidhuber, Global Perspectives Study Unit (ES); Haluk Kasnakoglu, Ricardo Sibrian, Cinzia Cerri and Loganaden Naiken (consultant), Statistics Division (ES); Ergin Ataman, Mario Bloise and Paola de Salvo, Research, Extension and Training Division, and Paul Munro-Faure, David Palmer, Paolo Groppo, Adriana Herrera and Luciana Colella-Iarussi, Rural Development Division (Sustainable Development Department); Freddy Nachtergaele and Marina Zanetti, Land and Water Development Division, and John Dixon, Agricultural Support Systems Division (Agriculture Department); Aysen Tanyeri-Abur, Sumiter Broca, Stefano Trento, Luca Fe d 'Ostiani, Amdetsion Gebre-Michael, Guenter Hemrich, Anna Carla Lopez, and Manish Tiwary, Agriculture and Economic Development Analysis Division (ES); Barbara Burlingame, Karel Callens, Florence Egal and Gina Kennedy, Nutrition Division (ES); Jenny Riches, FIVIMS Coordination Unit (ES); Liliana Balbi, Commodities and Trade Division (ES); Douglas McGuire and Thomas Hofer, Forest Resources Division (Forestry Department).
The key estimates on food consumption and undernourishment used in SOFI 2002 were produced by the Basic Data Branch and the Statistical Analysis Service of the Statistics Division (ES), respectively.
FAO extends special thanks to the team at Banson, Cambridge, UK, for design, layout, editorial support and preparation of graphic material.
The Editorial Group of the Information Division was responsible for language editing, editorial quality control and desktop publishing, while translations were provided by the Translation Group of the Conference, Council and Protocol Affairs Division (General Affairs and Information Department).