Lessons from Food Security and Nutrition Monitoring Systems during Food Crises
Evidence-informed policymaking requires timely information. Designing food and nutrition policies crucially depends on national information systems that collect, process, and analyze data, and inform policymakers about needed action. Yet in several developing countries, such systems continue to be poorly organized, inadequately resourced, and weakly implemented. This chapter reviews the historical development of food security and nutrition monitoring systems and their role in responding to food emergencies. Drawing from a series of in-country consultations and key informant interviews in eight developing countries between 2009 and 2012, this chapter discusses the issues, constraints, and challenges faced by policymakers in establishing and effectively using food security monitoring systems for policymaking during the recent food crisis (2008–10). The chapter summarizes lessons learned and concludes that a monitoring system that is responsive to policymaking needs and is demand driven, well resourced, and accountable to its users is more likely to be successful and sustainable.
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