Useful Links

We have compiled a list of useful links from a variety of sources, including governments, international agencies, NGOs and scientific organizations. Please feel free to inform us of additional web sites for consideration.

  • AFSIS ASEAN Food Security Information System
    Due to the growing concern about food security in regional communities, the Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry of the ASEAN Member States plus China, Japan and Korea approved the Project in their meeting held in October 2002. The overall objective of the Project is to strengthen food security in the region through the systematic collection, analysis and dissemination of food security related information.
  • Childinfo
    This website contains UNICEF’s statistical information, including data used in UNICEF’s flagship publications, The State of the World’s Children and Progress for Children. Also here are technical resources for conducting UNICEF-supported Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), which are a major source of global development data. A new file includes graphics for countries that illustrate patterns of infant feeding at different points and time. These graphics allow better understanding of the major issues to be addressed.
  • Comité Permanent Inter Etats de lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS)
    Created in 1973, CILSS –which groups nine countries from West Africa- aims at achieving food security while combating drought and desertification for a new ecological balance of the Sahel region. It does so by working on policy/strategy formulation, by strengthening scientific cooperation and by disseminating information and lessons learnt as well as by investing in capacity building and supporting policy implementation.
  • Committee on Food Security
    The vision of the reformed CFS is to be the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all. It will work in a coordinated manner in support of country led processes that lead to food security.
  • Data Exchange Platform for the Horn of Africa (DEPHA)
    Data Exchange Platform for the Horn of Africa (DEPHA) is a UN interagency effort to provide geographic information data and services for the Horn of Africa region countries including Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Somalia. DEPHA was launched in 2002 to meet the strategic and emergency planning needs of the humanitarian and development community in this region.
    A gateway to information on development issues, providing free and easy access to wide range of high quality online resources, summaries and links to online documents. ELDIS offers a directory of websites, databases, library catalogues. Browse what they have on food security, food aid, food policy and the right to food at their dedicated section.
  • Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)
    A USAID-funded activity that collaborates with international, regional and national partners to provide timely early warning and vulnerability information on emerging and evolving food security issues.
  • Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
    A multi-stakeholder, multi-national policy network that supports the development and implementation of better food, agriculture and national resources (FANR) policies in Southern Africa. Its members include universities, research institutes, the business sector, farmer groups and other civil society organisations
  • Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA)
    Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) is an information newtork to help informed decision making on food aid and related issues in West Africa
  • Food Security Portal
    As part of IFPRI's project on World Food Crisis, an open access policy information portal has been established -facilitated by IFPRI- so to provide comprehensive and detailed information country-by-country on food policy developments.
  • Integrated Food Security Phase Classification
    The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) is an innovative tool for improving food security analysis and decision-making. It is a standardised scale that integrates food security, nutrition and livelihood information into a clear statement about the nature and severity of a crisis and implications for strategic response.
  • Global Monitoring for Food Security
    Funded by the ESA (European Space Agency) GMFS aims to provide earth observation based services and encourage partnerships in monitoring Food Security and related environmental processes in Africa, by concerting efforts to bring data and information providers together, in order to assist stakeholders, nations and international organizations to better implement their policies towards sustainable development."
  • Integrated Regional Information Networks
    IRIN's principal role is to provide news and analysis about sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia for the humanitarian community. The networks target decision-makers in relief agencies, host and donor governments, human-rights organisations, humanitarian advocacy groups, academic institutions and the media. IRIN is part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, but its services are editorially independent.
  • International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
    An independent international research organisation specialized in linking local to global. In Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Middle East and the Pacific, IIED works with vulnerable groups to ensure they have a say in the policy arenas that most closely affect them — from village councils to international conventions. Browse their on-line library on topics such as local food systems, climate change, natural resource management and pro-poor governance.
  • Maplecroft
    Maplecroft maps is a highly visual, web-based resource which contains detailed country information for over 200 states and maps key social, economic, environmental and political issues, including food security and vulnerability, and their significance to business and society. Maplecroft is a network of academics, IT experts and business practitioners operating as specialist consultants in the field of corporate responsibility and business risk.
  • Monitoring of Agriculture with Remote Sensing
    The Monitoring of Agriculture with Remote Sensing, MARS project, started in 1988, was initially designed to apply emerging space technologies for providing independent and timely information on crop areas and yields. Since 2000, the expertise in crop yields has been applied outside the EU. Services have been developed to support EU aid and assistance policies and provide building blocks for a European capability for global agricultural monitoring and food security assessment. Today, the project is made up of four Actions: GeoCAP (ex-MARS PAC), AGRI4CAST (ex-MARS STAT), Food Security and CID, providing expertise in statistics (e.g. area frame sampling); image processing and interpretation (satellite or air-borne); GIS management & web-based information technology; geomatics and GPS (orthophotos, large scale mapping, parcel measurement) and agrometeorological models (crop growth / yield).
  • Poverty Mapping
    A joint initiative by FAO, UNEP and the CGIAR - and partners - dedicated to: analyse and map the spatial distribution of poverty; produce and promote the use of poverty maps and show linkages between poverty and food insecurity, the environment and development; promote the use of poverty maps in policy making and targeting assistance.
    REACH (ending child hunger and undernutrition) is a country-led approach to scale up proven and effective interventions addressing child undernutrition through the partnership and coordinated action of UN agencies, civil society, donors, and the private sector, under the leadership of national governments.
  • Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme
    The RHVP supports policy-makers and practitioners concerned with food security, social protection and vulnerability in southern Africa. In doing so, it has a specific focus on social protection and, more particularly, social transfers (cash, inputs, food, agricultural subsidies). RHVP is a regional programme working primarily in six southern African countries: Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS)
    An Africa-wide network established to provide readily available analysis, data, and tools of the highest quality to promote evidence-based decision making, improve awareness of the role of agriculture for development in Africa, fill knowledge gaps, promote dialogue, and facilitate the benchmarking and review processes associated with the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) agenda of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and African Union (AU) and other regional agricultural development initiatives in Africa.
  • South African Development Community
    The FANR Directorate is one of four directorates at the SADC Secretariat. Its main function is the coordination and harmonization of agricultural policies and programmes in the SADC region, in line with priorities in the RISDP. The main focus of FANR is to ensure food availability, access, safety and nutritional value; disaster preparedness for food security; equitable and sustainable use of the environment and natural resources; and strengthening institutional framework and capacity building.
  • Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
    The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is an ACP-EU institution working in the field of information for development. We operate under the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement and our headquarters are in The Netherlands. When it was set up, in 1984, CTA was given the challenging task of improving the flow of information among stakeholders in agricultural and rural development in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
    The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report provides USDA's comprehensive forecasts of supply and demand for major U.S. and global crops and U.S. livestock.

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