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Voices of the Hungry

Voices of the Hungry:
One Metric for the World

FAO launched the Voices of the Hungry project in 2013 to provide up-to-date information about food insecurity that is policy-relevant and contributes to strengthening political will - information that speaks to people and leads to change.

Measuring food insecurity through people's experiences

The Voices of the Hungry project has launched a new tool called the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) which can be used to gather information about the adequacy of people’s access to food by asking them directly about their experiences.

National institutions can use the FIES to obtain data-based evidence about the distribution and severity of food insecurity that contributes to building political will and implementing policies to effectively realize the human right to adequate food.  

This video covers the history leading to the development of the FIES and describes its role in global food security measurement