Food Security Indicators

Key food security indicator resources

Syntax library

Inspecting syntax files is the best way to work out exactly how variables and indicators have been built.   That's why we've started posting syntax files for many of the standard VAM indicators.  

Keep posted as there's more on the way!

The table below contains syntax files which were used to construct food security indicators.  It also contains the corresponding datasets for your reference.

Household Dietary Diversity Score and Food Consumption Score: A joint statement of FAO and WFP

Are you unclear on how the FCS differs from FAO's Household Dietary Divserity Score?  Both WFP's FCS and FAO's HDDS are used as proxy indicators of household access to food.  There are however nuanced differences between the indicators that practicioners should consider when implementing and using each of these measures of food access.  WFP and FAO issued a joint statement to clarify uses and differences of each indicator.

New Indicator: Alert for Price Spikes

The Alert for Price Spikes (or ALPS)  has arrived.  And with it, comes this excellent new technical guidance note.

But what is the ALPS?   It is a new price indicator within WFP's food price database.  

And what does it do?  A few things.  The ALPS indicator:

CARI tutorial: How to conduct the CARI

This tutorial gives a general overview of the CARI (Consolidated Approach for Reporting Indicators of Food Security).

The CARI tutorial introduces you to the CARI and the CARI algorithm, and will show you how:

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. 


The VAM Presentation Library

Where can I access past VAM training presentations?  Right here!  We've collected a variety of presentations and placed them all here for you to download.  

IFPRI Validation of the Food Consumption Score

Have you used the Food Consumption Score in your assessments?  Why not get more informed about this key WFP food security indicator.

How?  By reading this IFPRI study which aimed to validate the indicator.   

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.  

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:

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.


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