Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
28 February 2015

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.

Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
28 February 2015
  • In February, nearly one third of the interviewed households was found to be severely food insecure.
  • The food security situation has worsened compared to January, when the positive effects of the harvest — increased labor opportunities and reduced food prices - were reflected on households’ food consumption and use of negative coping strategies.
Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
26 February 2015

The WFP Seasonal Monitor examines satellite imagery of rainfall and vegetation in order to assess the development of the growing season and how such conditions might impact the lives and livelihoods of the resident populations. Real time satellite data streams and seasonal forecasts are analyzed to highlight potential developments that may be of  humanitarian concern.

This Seasonal Monitor webpage provides real time satellite data streams and seasonal forecasts to highlight changes in the progression of the agricultural season that may be of concern. This analysis is also presented in Power Point and report format.

Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
31 January 2015

From November 2014 through January 2015, the percentage of severely food insecure households in Mugunga 3 camp decreased in line with seasonal expectations. Nevertheless, the share of food secure households remains very low.

Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
31 December 2014

This bulletin summarises the various issues related to food and nutrition security in the southern Africa region in order to present a concise update on a monthly basis.
Information is collected from various sources including Governments, UN, FEWSNET, NGOs and other Partners.

Market Analysis, Monitoring, Population Numbers and Sampling, Food Security Analysis
23 November 2014

WFP VAM publishes ‘Special Focus’ documents when an emerging food security issue deserves in-depth attention. Each ‘Special Focus’ bulletin provides essential elements of analysis for decision makers. Sources of information include WFP’s VAM  newtwork of VAM experts, and  our partners.

Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
31 October 2014

Levels of food insecurity remain stable at high levels in line with previous months as we enter lean season.

Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
31 August 2014
  • In August, levels of food insecurity remain stable at high levels for the fourth consecutive month.
  • While beneficiaries of food assistance have the same diet as non-beneficiaries, they recur less  frequently to negative coping strategies.
Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
31 July 2014

Food  security  situation  in  Mugunga  3 remained  severe  throughout  July:  80.3% of households  were identified as severely food insecure.

Market Analysis, Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
31 May 2014

The Special Focus series provide latest information on countries, regions or key initiatives that are of high importance and/or concern from a food security and humanitarian perspective.