Workshop on Food Security Assessments

Targeting - Sudan '98

WFP recently hosted a workshop in Rome (November 1999) entitled 'Food Security Assessments, Self-Reliance, Targeting and Phasing Out Ongoing Refugee Situations'. The main objectives of the workshop were 'To achieve broad consensus on:

There was broad agreement on the importance of:

It was generally agreed that there is no one assessment methodology which can meet all information needs in all circumstances. There is a common core of information needs (some of which were listed), but specific needs are determined by the objectives set for each assessment and by local circumstances. An appropriate mix of methodologies must then be chosen. A set of basic principles for information gathering and analysis could be developed. Some participants expressed the view that specific recommendations concerning methodologies for gathering and analysing particular types of information may not be appropriate, but others proposed that this be further examined in a smaller technical group.

Workshop report and background paper available on request in hardcopy and electronic format from the ENN. Contact Kornelius Elstner at The ENN, Unit 2.5, The Tower, Trinity College Enterprise Centre, Pearse Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. Phone +353 1 675 2390; Fax +353 1 675 2391; email kelstner@tcd.ie. Soon to be available on WFP website: http://www.wfp.org

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Workshop on Food Security Assessments. Field Exchange 9, March 2000. p9. www.ennonline.net/fex/9/workshop