Technical Guidance

Various technical guidance documents

CFSVA Guidelines - First Edition, 2009

CFSVA guidelines cover

Here it is!  We've uploaded the official WFP guidelines for conducting baseline assessments (also known as CFSVAs).   

The CFSVA is a unique tool designed to understand and describe the profiles of food-insecure and vulnerable households, identify the root causes of hunger, and analyze the risks and emerging vulnerabilities among populations in crisis-prone countries.  

Market Analysis Framework - Tools and Applications for Food Security Analysis and Decision-Making

WFP's Market Analysis Framework (MAF) provides a useful overview of various market analysis tools.  We reckon you ought to take a look.  It describes the analytical tools, what purpose(s) they serve, how they are related, and where to find the technical details on each of them.   


The Basics of Market Analysis for Food Security (2009)

Just getting started with market analysis for food security?  Check out this great primer created by our team in headquarters.  Click the image below to download the PDF directly.

VAM Gender guidelines (2005)

Read up on these practical recommendations on how to better collect and report on gender in your next food security assessment.  This 2005 guide focuses on providing practical recommendations on how to modify primary data collection tools used for comprehensive vulnerability and food security studies in order to incorporate a gender perspective and generate relevant information on gender and gender relationships.

EFSA Handbook (2nd edition, 2009)

Question:  What's the one thing you need when doing an Emergency Food Security Assessment?  

Answer:  The EFSA handbook.   Get into it!

Measuring Food Security with Household Expenditure Surveys

This technical guidance from IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute) is an excellent resource for doing food security analysis using household budget data from sources such as the LSMS surveys.

The guidance uses STATA syntax for working examples but it can easily be applied to any statistical package including SPSS. You can download the guidance document (as a PDF) here:

FAO/WFP Joint Guidelines for Crop and Food Security Assessment Missions (CFSAMs)

When WFP and FAO join forces to conduct national Crop and Food Security Assessments, these guidelines show the way.


UNHCR/WFP Joint Assessment Missions (JAM) Guidelines, 2008

Want to know the secret to making good JAM?  Well, you can ensure your Joint Assessment Mission runs smoothly by consulting these official guidelines early on.

Monitoring Food Security - Technical Guidance Sheets (November 2011)

How are your food security monitoring skills?  Use these technical guidance sheets (TGS 1 and TGS 2) to give them a boost!

The sheets are part of a wider project to strengthen food security monitoring in WFP.  Check them out.

Market Analysis Tool: Food Commodity Value Chains

Hey!  With this technical guidance sheet you'll be much better placed to conduct a practical value chain analysis.  So put on your market-anlysis hat and check it out!


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