Washington, D.C. – The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) has reintroduced itself to the world with the launch of its new website, a momentous step forward in the network’s mission to ensure open access to its wealth of data and analysis on global food insecurity.
“Today, FEWS NET enters a new chapter that prioritizes open data, transparency of methods, and interactivity,” FEWS NET Team Leader Kiersten Johnson said. “FEWS NET reports and analyses are rich with data on topics including climate, conflict, markets and trade, livelihoods, nutrition, and more. Now those data are accessible to the public for wider use and innovation.”
The new FEWS NET website provides on-demand access to invaluable food security information, including interactive maps reflecting the number of people in urgent need of food assistance, easy-to-locate reports and alerts, in-map trend charts, current and historical data available for download, and more.
“The global hunger crisis has reached historic levels in recent years – 129 million people across the 30 countries FEWS NET covers are struggling to survive a food insecurity emergency,” Johnson said. “We encourage the international community to take advantage of FEWS NET’s diverse range of data, resources, and tools to develop evidence-based insights that could help mitigate the current food crisis – or prevent the next one.”
For nearly four decades, FEWS NET has been a leader in providing early warning and analysis of emergency food insecurity around the world, helping the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other aid organizations determine where and how to deliver scarce humanitarian resources to save the most lives.
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