“If you can’t measure, you can’t manage”
That is why metrics are important for the government or any institution, and development partners in addressing food insecurity, malnutrition, hunger, poverty. According to FAO, after a prolonged decline since 1990, the number of undernourished people has increased to 815 million in 2016, from 777 million in 2015.
FAO’s mandate is to help reduce hunger and to track the progress towards its goal. That brings the importance of having a unified system to get the important data and information and manage the situation in order to effect the eradication of hunger.
CFS44 tackled the importance and the development of common metrics to measure food insecurity in one of its side events. Gone are the days when measurement was viewed from different lenses or tools and methodologies were varied. Though there is no single tool that captures all the dimensions of food insecurity, development agencies from different parts of the globe are now much more in sync when tackling the problem.
Read the full post on the CFS blog here.
This blogpost covers the CFS44 side event “Operationalization of an SDG2 indicator: The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), and the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES)“
Blogpost by Marita A. Carlos, #CFS44 Social Reporter – mfacarlos(at)pcaarrd.dost.gov.ph
Photo Credit: FAO
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