mVAM: piloting mobile voice technology for household food security data collection

The mVAM project is piloting food security data collection from households through short mobile phone surveys, using live telephone interviews and an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. The pilot project monitors a panel of some 600 households in total in Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia for a period of 12 months.

The short surveys ask questions about people’s food security and coping strategies used. The objective of the pilot is to learn about the suitability of voice calls for survey research in the humanitarian world, and to see if voice calls can make food security monitoring surveys more time and cost efficient. The high frequency data collected is used to track trends in vulnerability and support decision making processes.

Monthly data collection began in the Democratic Republic of Congo in February 2014 and in Somalia in May 2014. Datasets and bulletins will be posted on this site.

The project is supported by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund.