Information for action
European Commission and FAO put food security information at policy-makers’ fingertips
7 April 2006, Rome -- The EC-FAO Food Security Information for Action Programme, which provides 20 countries subject to chronic food insecurity, protracted crises or undergoing rapid economic transformation with the technical assistance and tools to obtain high-quality, timely food security information to formulate more effective anti-hunger policies, has launched a new Web site.
Among the site’s features is a Food Security Analysis toolkit, which provides access to tools for early warning, food insecurity and vulnerability mapping, conducting nutritional surveys, harmonizing statistical databases, needs assessments, policy analysis and formulation and more.
The site also includes a distance learning course and training materials aimed at improving the collection, management, analysis and dissemination of food security information to improve decision-making. Food security news and alerts, as well as best practice case studies, are also available.
The use of on-line communities and other collaborative tools to promote dialogue and raise awareness of food security issues among policy-makers will be explored.
The 15 million euro programme is funded by the European Commission and implemented by FAO. It is coordinated by FAO’s Agricultural and Development Economics Division.
The first phase of the programme, which began in 2000, supported the technical development of food security information systems, including the Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) Workstation.
The second phase, which is currently under way, will adapt these systems to the specific requirements of the 20 participating countries. Special emphasis will be placed on strengthening policy-making and examining strategies for linking information, analysis and action.
Special features of the EC-FAO programme include a consultancy fund to provide additional expertise to respond to specific country needs not covered under the programme framework and support for the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, which seeks to coordinate development assistance and advocate for rural and agricultural development.
Information Officer, FAO
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Food Security Information for Action Programme
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