Food for the cities programme

Rapid food flow mapping of selected commodities or food groups

The project team may choose to conduct rapid food flow mapping of a small number of important commodities produced locally that form a staple part of the local diet, or main food groups. 

The rapid food flow mapping proposed as part of the Rapid scan is based on available data and qualitative information, collected through document analysis, participatory mapping, and expert interviews. It enables the project team to get a first sense of the strengths, weaknesses, and potential problems or bottlenecks within key value chains.


The following tools will help with the rapid food flow mapping of selected commodities or food groups: 

Guidance: Food flow mapping

The following example has been adapted from the pilot experience on food flow mapping developed in Colombo to identify weaknesses and strengths of the CRFS by understanding the functioning of food flows. 

Guidance: Step-by-step GIS guide for the CRFS assessment and planning process 

[Available soon]  

Examples: Flow charts showing findings of food flow mapping 

Understanding food flows is necessary to determine the relationship between food offer and food demand and its footprint in the territory. This example in Colombo helped the project team to assess the CRFS rice flows and provides recommendations on how to improve inefficiencies.  

Template: Rapid scan report 

This template will help the project team to develop a brief report with facts resulting from the rapid scan assessment for external dissemination (e.g. advocacy, donors, partners, etc.)