Thank you for visiting the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) website. Your privacy and security are very important to us. Please be aware that FEWS NET does not collect personal information when you visit our website, unless you choose to provide that information. However, we do collect some technical information about your visit to fews.net.
We would like to make you aware of a law that provides you with certain rights concerning your personal information. This is described in the Privacy Act of 1974 (as amended by 5 U.S.C. 552a) governing Federal Records. This law concerns any information held in a Privacy Act System of Records (SOR) that can be retrieved by a personal identifier such as name, social security number, or other identifying number or symbol. An individual is entitled to access to his or her records and to request correction of these records if applicable. The Privacy Act prohibits disclosure of these records without the written consent of the individual(s) to whom the records pertain unless one of the twelve disclosure exceptions enumerated in the Act applies. The actual Act can be found here.
This is how we handle information about your visit to our website:
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
When you visit fews.net, we may store some or all of the following:
- the IP address from which you accessed our site
- the date and time
- the URL of the website from which you linked to our site
- the name of the file or words you searched for
- the pages you visited on our site
- the items clicked on a page
- the browser and operating system used
We do not collect or track any personal information through these processes. We use this information, in the aggregate, to make our website more useful to visitors - to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology used, to detect operational problems, and to improve the website's overall security.
Information You Provide to FEWS NET
You do not have to provide any personal information to view this website.
You may choose to provide your contact information to FEWS NET in order to receive information such as email alerts on our reports and analysis or to participate in an on-line collaboration forum.
FEWS NET will only use your personal information for the purpose for which it was provided, such as to respond to your message or to provide subscriptions you have chosen. In certain instances, your comment or suggestion may be forwarded to other U.S. government agencies or departments if they are in the best position to respond to your message.
In certain instances, such as blog comments or discussion groups, the information you provide may be visible to the public. Please do not share any personal information that you do not want made available to the public. FEWS NET is not responsible for how other participants may use your information.
When you voluntarily submit information, it constitutes your consent to the use of the information for the purpose stated. When you click the “Submit” button on any of the web forms found on our sites, you are indicating your voluntary consent to the use of the information you submit, for the stated purpose.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.
Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act (Title 18 U.S.C., Sections 1001 and 1030).
If monitoring reveals evidence of possible criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to law enforcement personnel.
When you visit some websites, their web servers generate pieces of information known as cookies. Cookies are commonly used to recognize your computer in the future.
Fews.net uses single-session cookies to serve technical purposes, like providing seamless navigation through our site. These cookies do not permanently record data, and they are not stored for a long period on your computer's hard drive.
Fews.net also uses multi-session cookies to help us understand how people use the site, and how we can make it better. Traffic statistics are collected anonymously and aggregated, and no information is traceable to any specific individual. FEWS NET does not collect personally identifiable information (PII) such as social security numbers, date or place of birth.
Cookies-Tier 1 (single session) and Tier 2 (multi-session without PII)
These are used on fews.net in compliance with OMB Memorandum 10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies (PDF). Fews.net does not use Tier 3 (multi-session with PII) cookies.
Cookies may also be set by the following third-party providers on fews.net
- Google Analytics: A tier 2 cookie sets when the page is loaded - used to improve web metrics capabilities.
- YouTube A tier 2 cookie sets when the video is played - used to maintain the integrity of video statistics. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information. You can remove or block cookies by changing the settings of your browser. For Opt-out instructions relating to cookies, please visit here.
- HotJar: Sets a number of Tier 1 cookies to maintain visitor state within a session and to determine if that session should be included in its random sampling of performance tracking. HotJar also sets Tier 2 cookies to understand browser performance across sessions.
- OneTrust: Tier 2 cookies are set when the visitor confirms or alters their cookie consent choices, so that those choices persist across sessions.
Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information. You can remove or block cookies by changing the settings of your browser or by clicking “Cookie Settings” in the footer.
General Disclaimer and Copyright Notice
Information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied freely unless identified as being subject to copyright protection. In return, we request only that FEWS NET be cited as the source of any information, photos, and images copied from this site and that any photo credits or bylines be similarly credited to the photographer or author.
We strongly recommend that FEWS NET data be acquired directly from this website and not through other sources that may change the information in some way or exclude material crucial to the understanding of that information. While we make every effort to provide accurate and complete information, please note that some information may change between site updates.
Disclaimer of Liability
Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information. However, with the thousands of documents available, often uploaded within short deadlines, we cannot guarantee that there will be no errors. We make no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this Web site and expressly disclaim liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this Web site.
With respect to the content of this site, neither FEWS NET, nor USAID, their employees and contractors make any warranty, expressed or implied or statutorily, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, and the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect to content available from this fews.net website or other internet resources linked to or from it.
Additionally, neither FEWS NET nor USAID assume any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, product, or process disclosed herein, nor freedom from computer virus; and do not represent that use of such information, product, or process would not infringe on privately owned rights.
Disclaimer of Endorsement
The information posted on fews.net includes links to information created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. This site provides these links solely for our users' information and convenience. When users select a link to an outside website, they are leaving fews.net and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website. The managers of this site:
- Do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained on a linked website;
- Do not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer;
- Cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website;
- Are not responsible for transmissions users receive from linked websites;
- Do not guarantee that outside websites comply with Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.
We strongly recommend that you review the policies of any outside websites you visit from this site, since you will be subject to the privacy and security policies of those other sites, once you leave fews.net.
FEWS NET maintains a blog and profiles on several third-party social media sites. We are present on these sites in order to tell the story of FEWS NET to public audiences.
While we encourage commenting and conversation on our social media profiles, please remember that they are a public forum and any information provided will be visible to the public. Please do not include personal details such as your telephone number, email address, or any other personal information that you do not want available to the general public.
While some Personally Identifying Information (PII) may become available to FEWS NET through your use of social media (i.e. we can see your name and picture if you post a comment), we will not be collecting, sharing, or storing that information. The fews.net site follows USAID’s comment policy. Our presence on social media sites is not intended to endorse, recommend, or favor any third-party company or service provider.
Embedded Third-Party Content
FEWS NET manages the overall content, design, and organization of this website and coordinates the release of FEWS NET information on the Internet.
FEWS NET is committed to providing access to all individuals seeking information on fews.net. To provide this information, this site has been built to comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (as amended). Section 508 requires that all individuals with disabilities (whether federal employees or members of the general public) have access to and use of information and data, comparable to that provided to individuals without disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on us. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader, Braille reader, etc.) and have trouble accessing information on this site, please contact us with the nature of the problem, the URL (web address) of the information you tried to access, and your contact information. We will contact you as soon as possible, and do what we can to provide you with the information you need.
Accessing Documents in Different File Formats
Some documents on fews.net are in Portable Document Format (PDF), so you can view publications in their original format regardless of the type of computer, browser, or operating system you use to access the Internet. In order to view, navigate through, and print PDF documents, you must first download the free Acrobat Reader software. For best results, you should install version 10.x or later. Visit the Adobe Reader Help and Support page for troubleshooting tips. If you use a screen reader, you may want to visit Adobe's Reader accessibility page, which has a user's guide for accessing PDF documents with assistive technology.
Verification of Content
If you would like verification of information released on the fews.net website, please use our contact form and select “Web Feedback.”
For More Information
If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please contact FEWS NET at the address or phone or fax numbers listed above or e-mail us.