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South Sudan | Collecting data on food security and nutrition

Jul 2017

Under the Agriculture and Food Information System for Decision Support (AFIS) project, FAO and its partners are working together to collect as much data as possible to give the most accurate picture of the food security and nutrition status across South Sudan. Of late, the number of sites visited and households interviewed have increased allowing for more detailed tracking of people’s food security.

Data is collected year-round, and includes information on individual household’s food consumption, income and the strategies they develop to cope with difficult situations that limit their access to income and food. Data is also gathered on market prices and rainfall patterns and how they impact people’s access to food. Accessibility and security are the main challenges to the data collection process.

Without sufficient, accurate data, there is a potential to underestimate the severity of the food security situation, especially as these inaccessible sites are usually the most affected by prevailing shocks. The information collected through this exercise is an essential data flow feeding the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis, and reporting using the standard IPC tools.

Author: FAO/South Sudan