Voices of the Hungry

Applying the FIES

Resources for applying the FIES survey module and analyzing the data

The materials included here have been developed by FAO to facilitate the use of the FIES.

FIES e-learning course

This self-paced online course leads learners through five lessons covering 

  •  The decision to adopt the FIES for food security monitoring
  •  The inclusion of the FIES-SM within a survey
  •  The statistical validation of FIES data
  •  The calculation of estimates of food insecurity prevalence
  •  The effective communication of FIES results

Learn what the FIES e-learning course offers

FIES Basics

This document covers the key concepts of the FIES methodology and can be used to gain a basic understanding for those who will not pursue the full e-learning course. It can be helpful for interpreting the FIES-based prevalence rates.  

Implementing the FIES in surveys

This document provides important guidelines on how to include the FIES module within surveys.

Translation and Linguistic adaptation

All FIES questions are worded to be as concise and universally relevant as possible.

However, it is important to ensure that in the language of administration, the translated terms used faithfully capture the underlying concepts and original meaning of the FIES questions. FAO has a repository of the 2017 FIES versions in nearly 200 different languages from the Gallup World Poll, which can be used as a starting point for translating and preparing the FIES survey module. In addition, lessons learned from linguistic adaptations of the FIES-SM and feedback from the field have been incorporated into an explanatory document to guide translation efforts and enumerator training.

Using the FIES to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on food insecurity

The FIES is ideally suited to meet the urgent challenge of measuring and monitoring food insecurity in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic and to carefully evaluating its impact. An adapted FIES survey module has been developed to respond to the need for timely, reliable food security information. This version adds follow-up questions to capture the extent to which respondents associate food insecurity experiences with the COVID-19 crisis.  Guidance on using the FIES to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on food security is available upon request from the Food Security and Nutrition Statistics team.  For general inquiries, contact [email protected] or FAO Food Security and Nutrition Statistics Team leader Carlo Cafiero (Mr.) ([email protected]).  For technical assistance using the FIES, contact [email protected]

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