Food Consumption and Food Security Statistics derived from Household Surveys
Ongoing methodological work:
• Methodological work focuses on revising and updating the procedures for the assessment of households' habitual food consumption based on data from a wide range of different household surveys (including income and expenditure surveys, LSMS, etc.) to be used, together with macro indicators of food availability from Food balance Sheets, for the estimation of the extent of food deprivation in the population.
• In addition to the prevalence of chronic hunger, a suite of food security indicators will be compiled using data available from surveys. The methods and tools will be shared with national statistical organizations to enable them to estimate the level of food deprivation as defined by the Millennium Development Goals (indicator 1.9) at national level, and a series of food security indicators at sub-national levels.
• Technical assistance is being provided to member countries through FAO's capacity building activities projects.
• Development improved methods for the estimation of food security indicators at national and sub national levels;
• Update of country-specific food security information including related web-based publication;
• Strengthening country ownerships of methods and tools for food security assessment through capacity building on food consumption and security statistics, in particular as part of the FAO ESS Household Survey Programme, http://www.fao.org/economic/ess/ess-fs/essfscd/en/
• A module is being developed under the World Bank ADePT software platform (http://go.worldbank.org/KVDRVFVBA0) to allow for the analysis of food security from household survey data.
Meetings in 2012:
• National seminars will be held in Bangkok, Rangoon and Vientiane to illustrate methods of data analysis for food security assessment, using the Food Security Statistics Module.