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Dear FSN Forum participants,

Many thanks for the time you have taken to contribute to this discussion. A number of interesting points have been made related to the importance of near-real-time monitoring of food crisis risk factors for improved early warning early action.

Your comments have underscored the importance of timely information to inform programmatic responses to food crises and associated drivers in order to make the case for providing resources to avert food crises before they occur. Some of you have touched on both the strengths and limitations of current tools for real-time monitoring. The question of how to improve and expand use of real-time monitoring within national institutions has been raised. In addition, there has been discussion on how to institutionalize collection of relevant data such as on food prices so that there can be consistent, quality information at country level on which to base decisions.

Thank you very much for these and other insights raised thus far. As we continue this discussion, we would like to invite more contributions around the stated discussion questions. Of particular interest would be specific examples of policy responses at country level that have been guided by existing monitoring tools.

Kind regards,

Betina Dimaranan