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									                                The Assessor
                                                                    Issue 22, January-February 2010

In this issue:                  Welcome to the twenty-second issue of the Assessor!

 1. WHAT’S NEW?                 This issue covers the months of January and February 2010.
 2. FOOD SECURITY               Click on this icon             on the left bar to easily browse through our
       ASSESSMENTS              newsletter.
       a. CFSVA
       c. EMERGENCY
                                1. WHAT’S NEW
         ASSESSMENTS               •     Follow-up on the effects of the global economic crisis
                                   •     Food Security Analysis Learning Toolkit
         PRICES                    •     Weather Risk Analysis project
    e. JOINT ASSESSMENTS           •     Donor Consultative Group (DCG) on food security and
 3. GUIDELINES                           vulnerability analysis
 4. CAPACITY BUILDING              •     Latest reports available on the WFP food security webpage
       ACTIVITIES                        (click on the title to access the report)
 6. INTERAGENCY                        Southern Africa - Informal Cross Border Food Trade: No. 56 Dec.2009
       COLLABORATION                   Cameroun - Evaluation approfondie de la sécurité alimentaire et de
                                       l'autosuffisance des réfugiés centrafricains dans les régions de l'Adamaoua et
 7. FOOD SECURITY                      de l'Est du Cameroun Jan. 2010
    RESEARCH                           Afghanistan - Market Price bulletin- Dec. 2009 – Jan. 2010
 8. GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS                Tajikistan - Food Security Bulletin no.5 Dec. 2009
 9. INFORMATION                        Yemen - FAO/WFP CFSAM Report, Dec. 2009
                                            Household Food Basket Bulletin Dec. 2009
                                            Food Security Assessment in Magway Division Dec. 2009
 11.OTHER                                   A Summary of the Findings of the WFP Delta Food Security Assessment &
                                            The FAO Delta Crop Assessment Nov. 2009
                                            Comprehensive Food Security & Nutrition Assessment for Northern Rakhine
                                            State (NRS) Sep.2009
                                       Occupied Palestinian Territory
                                            Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis Report Dec.09
                                            The Impact of Closure and High Food Prices on Performance of Imported
                                            Stable Foods and Vegetable and Fruits Market, Dec.2009
                                            Resultados de la valoracion de inseguridad alimentaria y nutricional en los
                                            departamentos del corredor seco del oriente de Guatemala, Quiche e
LINKS TO ONGOING AND                        Izabal - Nov. 2009
PLANNED FOOD SECURITY                       Evaluacion de seguimiento de la situacion de seguridad alimentaria y
ASSESSMENTS 2009-2010                       nutricional en las zonas afectadas por la depresion tropical no.16 y
                                            disminucion de remesas - Jul. 2009
Asia                                   Sudan -
Middle East, Central Asia and               North Darfur - Food Security Monitoring System: Round 4 - Nov.2009
Eastern Europe                              South Darfur - Food Security Monitoring System: Round 4 - Nov. 2009
                                            West Darfur - Food Security Monitoring System: Round 4 - Nov. 2009
Southern, Eastern and Central
                                       Cote d'Ivoire - Evaluation approfondie de la securite alimentaire des menages
Africa                                 ruraux - Oct. 2009
West Africa                            Malawi - Vulnerability Assessment Committee: Cotton Market Problems
                                       Increase Vulnerability, Oct. 2009
Latin America and Caribbean            Syria - WFP/UNHCR/SARC/SPC Joint Assessment Mission: Refugees in Syria -
                                       Jun 2009
Sudan                                  Mozambique - Relatorio da Monitoria da Situaçao de Segurança Alimentar e
                                       Nutricional – Aug.2009
Please send updates to:              Please note that following the renaming of WFP organisational units, the
Tracking sheets are updated
regularly.                      Food Security Analysis Service is now referred to as ODXF.
                                   2. FOOD SECURITY ASSESSMENTS
                                   a. Comprehensive Food Security and
                                   Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA),               Mozambique CFSVA report has been recently posted on the Food or
                                   Security Analysis public website.
                                   CFSVA reports for Armenia, Burkina Faso, CAR, Chad, Dominican
Click here for a List of           Republic, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Niger and Yemen are under
completed, ongoing and             finalization.
upcoming Comprehensive             Data collection for the CFSVA Senegal will start in February.
Food Security and
Vulnerability Analyses
(CFSVA) for 2009 and 2010.         b. Baseline studies
                                   The report on “Evaluation approfondie de la securite alimentaire des
                                   menages ruraux” in Cote d’Ivoire was recently posted on the Food
                                   Security Analysis public website.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST          c. Emergency food security assessments
Contact:                           Haiti Following the earthquake, a rapid EFSA was launched on 3rd                 February in collaboration with partners (FAO, Oxfam, ACF and the               Commission Nationale de la Sécurité Alimentaire). The findings of this
                                   assessment will inform the implementation of the WFP emergency

                                   UN agencies, World Bank and the European Commission will undertake a
                                   Post-Disaster Needs Assessment in February 2010. WFP will
                                   participate and lead the food security component of this assessment.

                                   d. Monitoring food security and prices
Click here for the latest Market   The Market Monitor The fourth issue of the quarterly bulletin has been
Monitor                            released under a new name. It shows that the price of staples in
                                   Bangladesh, Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Burundi, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Yemen                and Northern Sudan significantly increased during the last quarter of
or                                 2009. Food prices in Haiti, even before the earthquake, were well above      their long-term averages.

                                   e. Joint assessments
CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST          Joint Assessment Missions (JAM)
                                   JAMs took place in six countries during the fourth quarter of 2009 -
                                   Algeria, Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, Gambia and Uganda.

                                   Crop and Food Security Assessment Missions (CFSAM)
Joyce.Luma@wfp org                 The joint FAO/WFP CFSAM report South Sudan and Guatemala are
                                   currently under completion.

guidelines available on-line:         3. GUIDELINES
EFSA (Emergency Food
Security Assessment)
handbook: this second edition is      JAM Guidelines: Hard copies of the JAM guidelines in English and French
available in English, French and      are being disseminated to regional bureaux and country offices.
Spanish. An EFSA measures the         Contact:
impact of a shock on the food
security situation of households
in the area affected by the shock.    Nutrition indicators in EFSA A technical guidance note has been
CFSVA (Comprehensive Food             circulated for comments and will be finalised during February.
Security and Vulnerability            Contact:
Analysis) guidelines: this first
edition provides guidance in
conducting an in-depth analysis       FSMS technical guidance sheets (TGS)
of the food security situation in a
country in a non-crisis year.         TGS on Reporting Structure and Content is finalised and will be circulated
JAM (Joint Assessment
Mission) Guidelines: a JAM
assesses the needs, risks,            TGS on FSMS Indicators Compendium will be shared for comments during
capacities and vulnerabilities of     this month.
refugees and IDPs in                  TGS on FSMS Survey Methods; FSMS Tools and Field Manual; and
collaboration with UNHCR.             Considerations in Designing and Implementing FMSM) are being drafted.
CFSAM (Crop and Food                  Contact:
Security Assessment Mission)
guidelines: a CFSAM assesses
the crop and food security            Market analysis technical guidance sheets A new TGS on value chain
situation with emphasis on the
                                      analysis has been shared for comments. TGS on market and price
supply and demand for staple
foods, uncovered import               analysis are available online.
requirement, and access to food.      Contact:
Topic-specific VAM          
guidelines: covering, for
example, population estimates,        Use of the Food Consumption Score (FCS) in the Integrated Phase
qualitative analysis, sampling.       Classification (IPC)
                                      Guidance for using the FCS in IPC is being reviewed by ODXF and
To search for other guidelines        practitioners in the field. It is expected to be finalized in February 2010.
click here                            Contact:
For hard copies contact:

                                      4. CAPACITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES
                                      Enhanced Capacity in Food Security and Response Analysis
13-20 February, Djibouti:
Basic EFSA training for WFP,
government and partner staff
(FEWS NET, Red Crescent,
                                      Food Security Analysis Learning Toolkit: An online web application is
UNICEF).                              being developed to facilitate access to information on food security
Contact:                              analysis courses. This “one-stop shop” will include (a) information on or            standard training courses and materials; (b) an interactive calendar of                   upcoming trainings; (c) guidance and supporting materials for
1-5 March, Durban: Advanced           organisers; and (d) performance reports from completed workshops. This
EFSA training for OMJ and OMK         website will be linked to the WFP Corporate Learning Management
platforms.                            System.
Contact:                              Contact:          or or
                                      Training Activities: Current trainings opportunities in food security
19-23 April, Kampala. Basic           analysis, funded by ENCAP, include basic and advanced EFSAs, market
Price Analysis (Market                price analysis, trader surveys, nutrition analysis, quantitative analysis
training) - English, OMJ/K.
                                      and qualitative survey techniques. The relevant training materials will be
Contact:                   made available by mid-February.
26-30 April, Dakar (TBC)              Funds are also available for "on-the-job" learning which provides less
Advanced EFSA (in French)
                                      experienced staff with opportunities to closely work with senior staff on
Contact: or               various food security assessments missions.                 Contact:
17-21 May, Kampala. Basic
Price Analysis (Market                                                                             3
training), OMJ/K – (in French)
Contact:          5. RESPONSE ANALYSIS
Contact:           RAP workshop in Central African Republic (CAR) Following the
                                completion of CFSVA in 2009, a response options workshop, involving
                                key stakeholders, was held in mid-December 2009. The purpose was to
                                ensure that the response options proposed in the WFP’s Country Strategy
                                Document and new Development Program as well as Poverty Reduction
                                Strategy Document for 2010, did address the findings of the food security

Contact:                        RAP workshop in Rwanda Building on results of Rwanda 2009 CFSVA             and Nutrition Survey, WFP Rwanda will hold sub-national workshops (in          Karongi and Bugesera) and a national consultation, from 8th – 14th
                                February. This process aims at informing the preparation of the
                                Development project and of the Country Strategy Document.

Contact:                        RAP consultation in Mozambique After the completion of Mozambique at OMJ,   CFSVA, response options for Maputo and Gaza provinces were developed               in consultation with the Government and other partners during December
at Mozambique Country Office.   2009. This process was ably supported by WFP Programme Design
                                Division (OMXD) and OMJ Regional Bureau. Further workshops are
                                planned for Beira and Tete provinces.

                                6. INTERAGENCY COLLABORATION
Link to the Nutrition cluster   Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) has held regular biweekly
website                         teleconferences, since the earthquake in Haiti, for Updates from the
                                Nutrition Country Cluster Co-ordinator (NCCC) on any concerns which           may need to be immediately addressed by the GNC.

                                Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)
Contact:               Global: The multi-agency proposal for IPC Phase II (2009-2010) has
                                been approved by ECHO. The funds from ECHO and other donors
                                (AUSAID, CIDA and SIDA) will be primarily used to provide IPC field
                                support at regional and country level. A central Support Unit for the
                                overall management and coordination of IPC activities is being setup.

Contact:                        South Africa: The formal discussions on the regional rollout of the IPC
                                between Regional Vulnerability Assessment Committee's IPC Technical
                                Working Group and the National Vulnerability Assessment Committees in
                                Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe have successfully
                                concluded. IPC activities in these countries are expected to begin in
                                West Africa: An IPC Technical Workshop will take place on 1st - 2nd
                                February 2010 in Central African Republic (CAR) to update the latest IPC
                                analysis which was conducted in July 2009. The findings of the latest
                                CFSVA will help inform the IPC.
Contact:      Asia: WFP Tajikistan has developed an IPC strategy for 2010 which
                                proposes to expand the IPC process, capitalizing on the successful pilot
                                regional workshops that took place in September 2009. The proposal
                                aims to i) conduct sub-national and national workshops to complete the
                                IPC analysis for the entire country and link it to the existing food security
                                monitoring system; ii) build a regular IPC process involving the
                                Government, partners and donors; and iii) begin to hand-over the IPC
                                process to the Government

                            Living Standard Measurement Study - Integrated Survey on
                            Agriculture (LSMS-ISA)
Joyce.Luma@wfp org          ODXF participated in the first meeting of the LSMS-ISA Technical
                            Advisory Board at the World Bank in January 2010. A key outcome of the
                            meeting was an agreement on a set of countries for joint surveys.

Contact:                    Post-Disaster/Post-Conflict Needs Assessments (PDNAs/PCNAs)
                            ODXF participated in the Cluster Working Group meeting for Early
                            Recovery in Geneva to review the draft guidance on Early Recovery in
                            Post-Conflict Needs Assessment.
Contact:         Enhancing urban analysis IASC Task Force on Meeting Humanitarian
                            Challenges in Urban Areas (MHCUA) A Task Force meeting took place on
                            21 January in Geneva to approve the priority recommendations and 2010
                            work-plan for the MHCUA.
Contact:                    Humanitarian Dashboard ODXF participated in an IASC Needs
                            Assessment Task Force (NATF) meeting to review the Humanitarian
                            Dashboard. The Dashboard is designed to give decision-makers a quick
                            snap-shot of relevant multi-sectoral information on a country, including
                            humanitarian needs, government and agencies' response capacities, and
                            funding shortfalls by sector. Field testing in four countries is expected to
                            begin within the next few months.

                            7. FOOD SECURITY RESEARCH
Contact:                    24-hour pass recall in Lesotho WFP in Lesotho is working with ODXF       to carry out a study on food consumption, using a method known as 24-
                            hour pass recall. The aim of this study is to empirically understand the
                            extent to which the lack of dietary diversity contributes to high rates of
                            stunting.   The finding will contribute towards designing appropriate
                            interventions that promote household food diversity.
Contact:      Study on urban targeting practices A study on best practices for
                            urban targeting, commissioned by ODXF to TANGO, will be completed in
                            March 2010. Research for this study was undertaken in six countries:
                            Bangladesh, Haiti, Lesotho, Liberia, Tajikistan and Zambia.
Contact:                    PCC in Somalia ODXF and WFP Somalia in collaboration with       FSNAU/FAO are developing a new Cereal Balance Sheet (CBS) which
                            should provide an updated estimate of per capita cereal consumption in

Contact:                    Understanding the impact of shocks – ODXF and FAO Global and     Information and Early Warning (GIEWS) are jointly developing a          modelling system to identify vulnerable population groups in urban and
                            rural areas for Burkina Faso and Malawi. Field work is planned for
                            February 2010.

                            8. GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS

Contact:                    Weather Risk Analysis or   ODXF is working with OEDP (Policy) on the Climate and Disaster Risk
                            Solutions (CDRS) project designed to assist developing countries in
                            Africa to better manage the risk of natural disaster affecting their
                            vulnerable populations.
                            Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the project is building a fund
                            management tool that quantifies weather-related risk in operational cost
                            terms to better prepare countries for future weather-related
                                     The software, Africa RiskView, is not yet fully completed, though it can
                                     still be used to calculate weather based indices including Water
                                     Requirement Satisfaction Index (WRSI) for several staple crops.

                                     9. INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
Contact:                             Partnership between ODXF and the International Household Survey                  Network (IHSN) is strengthening.         Currently, ODXF is helping to
                                     populate IHSN centralized question bank which will enhance
                                     standardization of household food security questionnaires. Training
                                     sessions on IHSN toolkit are being held to help ODXF in assessment data

                                     10. STAFF NEWS
Contact:                             Giulia Conchedda recently joined the CFSVA team. She replaces Claudia             Ah Poe, who is presently on maternity leave. Giulia is currently in Dakar
                                     and will be moving to the HQ in February.

Contact:                             Stephanie Brunelin has joined the OMXD market analysis team to work           on joint WFP/FAO shock impact modelling project.

                                     Shi Li, joined the ODXF team as an intern in January. He is currently
                                     working on archiving CFSVA datasets.

                                     11. OTHER
Contact:                             Follow-up on the effects of the global economic crisis or                  ODXF will conduct a follow-up study on the effects of the global economic
                                     crisis in Armenia, Bangladesh, Ghana, Nicaragua and Zambia. This
                                     update on the macro-economic as well as livelihoods and food security
                                     situation of vulnerable households will feed into WFP’s Annual
                                     Performance Report.

                                     Donor Consultative Group (DCG) on food security and
Joyce.Luma@wfp org                   vulnerability analysis
                                     WFP will host a DCG meeting during the first quarter of this year. The
                                     purpose of the meeting is to facilitate dialogue between WFP and donors
                                     on progress, innovations, priorities and challenges pertaining to food
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