Evaluation at FAO

Evaluation of the Project “Voices of the Hungry”


Assessing the levels of hunger and food insecurity is essential for alerting decision makers, ensuring accountability, and developing and monitoring policies aimed at addressing hunger. The “Voices of the Hungry” Project is an effort to develop a global Food and Nutrition Security indicator based on people’s own perceptions of hunger. Building on prior experiences of partners, FAO developed the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES), an experience-based measurement tool consisting of a set of questions about people’s access to adequate food. The project has achieved remarkable results. It contracted the Gallup World Poll to apply the FIES survey module to at least 140 countries from 2014 to 2016, to test the robustness of the FIES in different cultures, languages and livelihood conditions. It also provided support to around 60 countries to integrate the FIES in their national surveys. FIES was endorsed as an official indicator to monitor SDG2 - End Hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.  

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