With these VAM instructional tutorials you can now access training anytime at your desktop!  

The list below includes both available and forthcoming tutorials.  Keep posted as there are many more to come! (and please do let us know which videos you'd like to see next: wfp.vamresourcecenter@wfp.org)

Using the VAM Food and Commodity Prices Data Store
Uploading food prices to the VAM Portal
Remote Mobile Data Collection (mVAM online course)
Intro to Stata (coming soon)
Survey sampling (coming soon)
Survey weights (coming soon)
Cleaning your dataset (coming soon)


Standard WFP Indicators
Coping Strategies Index
Food Consumption Score
Expenditure Analysis
CARI (Consolidated Approach for Reporting Indicators of Food Security)
Livelihood clusters (coming soon)
Food sources (coming soon)
Diet Diversity (coming soon)
Food Access indicators (coming soon)
Anthropometric indicators (coming soon)


GIS and Mapping
Mapping food security data (coming soon)
Creating a map using external GPS data (coming soon)
Mapping nutrition data (coming soon)


Other indicators
Kilocalorie intake (coming soon)
Food energy deficiency rate (coming soon)
Diet diversity and low diet diversity (coming soon)
High staples intake (coming soon)
High food expenditures (coming soon)
Poor dietary intake (coming soon)
kilocalorie intake by food groups (coming soon)
Chronic and transitory indicators (coming soon)


Non-WFP tutorial sites Description
Kahn Academy Video tutorial library containing over 100 videos on statistics
SPSS On-line Training Workshop Dozens of tutorials on SPSS provided by Central Michigan University
How2Stats More SPSS tutorials! A whole range of stats techniques for you to learn.
ESRI On-line Training Over 100 freely availble ARCGIS and mapping tutorials



WFP Tutorials

FCS-N Tutorial: How to conduct the FCS-N

This tutorial gives a general overview of the FCS-N (Food Consumption Score Nutrition Quality Analysis).


The FCS-N tutorial introduces you to the FCS-N tool, its steps in SPSS and finishing off in Excel. The tutorial is in 2 parts. 


·         The FCS-N is a tool derived from the corporate indicator FCS looking at three main nutrients (Vitamin A, Protein and Hem Iron) of the food items consumed.

·         More information on the FCS-N tool can be found:
- here on the Resource center > ‘Nutrition’
- on the VAM stop shop www. http://vam.wfp.org/ > ‘Guidelines’
- on WFP’s website http://www.wfp.org/food-security > ‘Guidelines’ > ‘Publications Section’



FCS-N tutorial part 1 from WFP VAM on Vimeo.

FCS-N tutorial part 2 from WFP VAM on Vimeo.


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:

  • the CARI combines standard food security indicators to determine an individual household's food security classification
  • to construct the CARI food security console for a target population
  • to calculate the CARI food security index (FSI).

CARI tutorial:

For more information on the CARI, check out the main Resource Centre's main CARI page.


How to use the VAM Country Report Portal

This tutorial describes how to access and login to the food price portal (available here) and how to upload prices.

It's been prepared for all you focal points responsible for uploading the food prices in your country. 

Specifically, it'll show you how to:

  • login to the website,
  • prepare your data using the country template, and, 
  • finalise and approve the data.



How to use the VAM Price Data Store

Here's a quick video introduction to VAM's Price data store (available here).  Check it out!

The price data store contains market price information on the most commonly consumed staple foods.  It aims to provide a source of information and analysis to aid anyone interested in food security and staple food price dynamics. 


How to do Food Expenditure Analysis

Need to quickly calculate food expenditure indicators?!!  Don't panic.... this tutorial series will show you (step-by-step in SPSS) how to create the expenditure indicators built using WFP questionnaires.  Enjoy!!

Be sure to check out the corresponding syntax for each tutorial (bottom of page). 

Part 1. Total monthly household expenditures

Part 2. Total monthly per capita expenditure

Part 3. Per capita monthly food expenditures

Part 4. Expenditure shares on food


Related resources
Syntax 1 - total hh exp
Syntax 2 - Per capita monthly exp
Syntax 3 - Per capita exp
Syntax 4 - Share food exp
Pwrpoint slides on expenditures (Rome, 2011)


***Coming soon*** Part 5. Share of expenditures on specific food items

***Coming soon*** Part 6. Building the expenditure chart