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Evidence-based decision making

Eradicating hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition requires a common understanding of the root causes of these three scourges. A sound analysis can shape policies, investments and actions that take into account the needs of the most vulnerable men, women and children. However, analysis can only add value when it is based on credible data, statistics and information, and when this solid evidence is used to inform decision-making.

Once policies, laws, programmes and investment plans are in place, it is fundamental to monitor their performance and regularly assess their impact on how they are lifting people out of hunger and poverty and improving their wellbeing and giving them real hope for a better future.

In order for this scenario to happen, it is crucial for countries to generate reliable data, make it available and accessible and use it in a timely manner. This will be especially important in measuring progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

In response to growing demand by countries and together with key stakeholders, FAO has developed methods, tools and training programmes to assist countries in generating credible data and statistics, strengthening their capacities to analyse them, and supporting the development of policies, investment and action plans based on this evidence.

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