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FAO set to test a new approach to fight food insecurity

March 25, 2013

On March 13, 2013, the FAO announced it will test a new, “faster and more precise way to measure hunger and food insecurity across the world” in four pilot countries. Known as “Voices for the Hungry”, the project relies on gathering annual information yearly on the extent and severity of hunger from food-insecure people, and will be conducted in cooperation with the polling specialist Gallup1.

“This innovative method will be an essential tool for governments, civil society and other national and international organizations in the fight against hunger,” said Jomo Sundaram, FAO Assistant Director-General for Economic and Social Development. “It will also be key to increasing the accountability of governments and in encouraging them to commit to hunger eradication.”

The international organization is already developing indicators for Monitoring African Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP)2. As an FAO/OECD program also backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this initiative focuses on assisting African decision-makers and other concerned parties, so that policies and investments fully contribute to agricultural development, the sustainable use of natural resources and stronger food security.

These indicators are currently being developed and the first results concerned Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nicaragua, Malawi, Nigeria and various ACP countries. About twenty economists and specialists from the OECD, FAO, IFPRI, the World Bank, NEPAD, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID and PAFO, are currently working on the project. Designing indicators and transparent and pertinent assessment tools is a key contribution to achieving long-term food security and developing a global governance system for agriculture and food security.

Just as the MAFAP, the “Voices of the Hungry” project should meet with great success at a time when the international community’s increasing expectations might lead to expanding the assessment geographical scope, and addressing the critical issue facing experts and decision-makers tomorrow: How to maximize a country’s food security without hindering its economic effectiveness, and vice versa?

1 The full press release announcing this new project is available from: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/171766/icode/
2 The latest news concerning the MAFAP indicators are available from: http://www.fao.org/mafap/accueil-du-spaaa/en/
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