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GIEWS - Global Information and Early Warning System

Global Information and Early Warning System

Our Mandate

The Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS) continuously monitors food supply and demand and other key indicators for assessing the overall food security situation in all countries of the world. It issues regular analytical and objective reports on prevailing conditions and provides early warnings of impending food crises at country or regional level. At the request of national authorities, GIEWS supports countries in gathering evidence for policy decisions, or planning by development partners, through its Crop and Food Security Assessment Missions (CFSAMs), fielded jointly with WFP. In country-level application of tools for earth observation and price monitoring, GIEWS also strengthens national capacities in managing food security related information.

GIEWS in the FAO Strategic Framework

Through its monitoring, analysis and early warning activities, GIEWS provides a significant contribution mainly to three of the Organization’s Strategic Objectives (SOs):

  • SO1: Implementation of the GIEWS Food Price Monitoring and Analysis (FPMA) Tool at country level enhances accessibility of price data and strengthens national capacities to monitor price trends contributing to improved policy decisions for food security.
  • SO4: Commodity supply/demand and price databases, as well as related indices and analysis, are kept up to date, providing governments and national stakeholders timely, accurate information on which to base the design of efficient and inclusive market and trade strategies.
  • SO5: Regular assessments at country level of agriculture, food supply and demand, and market situation, permits timely alerts on production and food security shocks. In addition, GIEWS provides support to national institutions, including training on food security analysis and implementation of monitoring tools, to strengthen national early warning systems.