Bags of nutritional grain in an African market

In an expansion of its scope, FEWS NET is exploring a systematic approach to incorporating nutritional data into its food security analysis. This effort involves four key activities:

  • compilation of  historical nutrition and mortality data in countries monitored by FEWS NET
  • development of country-specific documents with context on historical patterns of malnutrition and causal analysis
  • development of guidance on the inclusion of nutrition and mortality into early warning analysis
  • primary data collection in areas of concern

By understanding the nutrition context, food security analysts will have new insight into a population’s vulnerability to shocks and increased ability to make evidence-based assumptions about future food security outcomes.

As an initial step, FEWS NET partnered with Action Against Hunger-UK to assess nutritional status among refugees in South Sudan’s Yida Camp in 2012. More resources will be made available on this page as this important work progresses.


The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 34 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.

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