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The following resources include technical and country reports, Voices of the Hungry Project communication materials, journal articles, and information on the statistical software package developed for analysis of FIES data. Use the drop-down menu to locate the type of resource you are interested in.

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This paper presents a review of the scientific literature on the relationship between food insecurity at the household or individual level and the following nutrition indicators: child stunting, child wasting, low birth weight, exclusive breastfeeding of infants less than 6 months of age, anaemia in women of reproductive age, child overweight and adult obesity.
This paper describes the Rasch model-based procedures developed to define the eight-item Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) as a contribution towards the establishment of an indicator for global monitoring of food insecurity. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0263224117307005
The FAO initiative Voices of the Hungry measures food insecurity worldwide, using an experience-based tool that can easily be applied in many different contexts.
The FAO Voices of the Hungry project developed an experience-based food insecurity scale module called the Food Insecurity Experience scale (FIES). The FIES will be used as a common metric for measuring food insecurity at several levels of severity, across different geographic areas and cultures.
This article, published in a German nutrition magazine, focuses on the project Voices of the Hungry (VoH) which assists countries in accessing information on food insecurity as experienced by individuals. VoH implements a measure that allows direct measurement of people’s access to healthy, nutritious food.
The Voices of the Hungry project piloted the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) in four African nations in 2013. Examples from the pilots are used to illustrates how the FIES makes it possible to comparatively analyse the food insecurity situation for different groups within a population, such as urban versus rural, or male versus female.
This brief PowerPoint presentation summarizes key aspects of the Voices of the Hungry Project and the concept underlying the Food Insecurity Experience Scale.
This report presents a detailed description of the methodology and first results of FAO's Voices of the Hungry project. The main purpose of the report is to allow food security analysts to evaluate the statistical soundness and adequacy of the methods described.
This paper presents basic concepts and mathematics underlying the Rasch model, commonly used to assess food security data.
These guidelines are intended to help in the preparation of proposals to the FAO VoH project for access to the Gallup World Poll (GWP) data.