Assessment Guidelines

Guidelines on key VAM reports such as CFSVAs, EFSAs, JAMs, etc.

Creation of a Wealth Index

Wealth is the value of all natural, physical and financial assets owned by a household, reduced by its liabilities. Household wealth is a measure commonly used in food security assessments. It gives an idea of households’ ability to access food, the severity of food insecurity and gives information about the economic situation of the food insecure. It is used to differentiate between the poorer and the wealthier households in food security related indicators, such as food consumption, and thereby provides information on how to target the food insecure.

Conducting Food Security Assessments using Household Expenditure Surveys (HES)

Although it is not their main objective, most national household expenditure surveys (HES) generate accessible and reliable food security information. To date, however, WFP has rarely used these rich data sources for conducting food security analysis. The purpose of this guide is to familiarise with the largely untapped pool of food security information available from HES datasets.

Technical Guidance for the Joint Approach to Nutrition and Food Security Assessment (JANFSA)

This Joint Approach for Nutrition and Food Security Assessment (JANFSA) guidance is designed for professionals and organizations intending to carry out integrated nutrition and food security assessments. It sets out the steps required and the standards for such assessments. 

Geo-referenced Real-time Acquisition of Statistics Platform (GRASP)

The Geo-referenced Real-time Acquisition of Statistics Platform (GRASP) is an application that allows questionnaire design, data collection, transmission and analysis in real-time through the use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. It consists of the following applications:

Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) Training Videos

The Global Learning Centre, UNHCR and WFP have collaborated to develop a series of JAM training videos. The short, 5-minute videos are intended to improve understanding of the UNHCR/WFP JAMs, emphasizing the process and design of a JAM with a focus on food security and nutrition. They reflect the JAM Operational Guidance, and are intended to further facilitate country-led JAM processes.

Introducing the CARI (Consolidated Approach for Reporting Indicators of Food Security)

The Consolidated Approach for Reporting Indicators of Food Security (or CARI)  is a WFP method used to analyse and report the level of food insecurity within a population. 


CFSVA Guidelines - First Edition, 2009

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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.  

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!

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.

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