The International Demonstration Centre (IDC) is an initiative for capacity building in national statistics on food security. This is done through tutorial training activities which utilize existing data on food consumption from national household surveys. Food security and consumption statistics are produced and used to assess and monitor national and sub-national food and nutrition security situations and identify food insecure population groups. They are particularly useful in the context of monitoring progress in fighting hunger through the prevalence of food deprivation (indicator 5 of the Millennium Development Goals) and the number of people undernourished (indicator of the World Food Summit (WFS)).
Capacity building in food security statistics at national and subnational levels in producing and using statistics and information for food security policies within a multisectoral framework.
National officers, representatives from producers and users of food security information who form part of country multisectoral technical teams on food security, coming from government or non-governmental organizations, national or international institutions, universities or other education centres; and individuals with responsibility and/or interest in food security at national and international levels and who are involved in food policy decisions.
The training activities take place at FAO Headquarters in Rome. FAO experts from the Economic and Social Department and other departments are involved. The training activities are coordinated by the FAO Statistics Division.
When and duration
The training activity lasts four weeks and sessions are held between February and November each year. There are no deadlines for application, but as the number of available periods and places are limited, early requests are encouraged.
Participants work as country teams and are tutored by experts on statistics and food security. Participants perform actual work using food consumption, total consumption, total expenditure, income, household characteristics and household member information from existing household surveys using computing tools, materials and other inputs provided during the training. Participants will be guided on how to interpret results and their implications on food security policy.
The main output of this training activity is the elaboration of a technical country report on “Food security assessment from food consumption data collected in household surveys”. The members of the country team, after successfully completing the assignment, will be awarded a certificate and are expected to become trainers when returning to countries.
Three driving activities are implemented during the four-week period: thematic review, demonstrations and practical work using country data. A follow-up of tasks and intermediate outputs on a daily basis will ensure that participants meet the expected results.
Participants must have institutional country support. The participant country must have a minimum organizational and technical capacity for follow-up of the training. Tutorial training is provided to teams of two to four people. The team members must be proficient in English, French or Spanish. The subject area requirements are knowledge of food consumption data collected in the national household surveys, statistics, computer skills including basic knowledge in SPSS and food security. The statistician must have access to and rights to use country food consumption data files. The food security expert must be responsible for national food security and familiar with country food security information.
Selection of participants
FAO will determine the composition of the country teams and therefore information on participants such as curriculum vitae indicating relevant subject experience (statistics or food security), reasons for requiring training and expected future work will be required in advance of training. An interview may be necessary (by phone or video-conference) in addition to a declaration of consent allowing usage of country household survey data.
Follow up network
After the training the individuals and/or the institution will be able to join the Food Security and Consumption Statistics Network (FSCS network) to exchange information and discuss technical questions on the subject of food security and statistics with other international teams.
Subsistence and travel expenses are expected to be covered by participants. Tuition and operational expenses: US$10,000 per country team to be paid to FAO.