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How to measure resilience with Excel

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Building more resilient livelihoods is increasingly being recognized as one of the most powerful means to mitigate – and prevent – food security crises. Since 2008, FAO has been at the forefront of efforts to measure the resilience capacity of people to food insecurity and the effectiveness of resilience-strengthening interventions. Within this framework, FAO has pioneered the development and the use of Resilience Index Measurement and Analysis (RIMA), an innovative and quantitative approach which identifies the main factors that contribute to household resilience in selected countries.

The RIMA analyses are based on household level data from ad hoc or pre-existing surveys. Collecting household level data is time and resource consuming, and it is not always feasible in countries affected by fragility and conflict. A short RIMA questionnaire allows for the collection of needed information to estimate the household resilience capacity through short interviews. 

The video provides guidelines on how to measure household resilience capacity to food insecurity. In particular, the tutorial helps create the Resilience Capacity Index (RCI) using the short RIMA questionnaire implemented in Excel.

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