Famine Early Warning Systems Network FEWS Net

(also in espanol, français, portugues)

Linked with US aid, with Chemonics.com, and with US aid Partners with Swedish Development Agency.

  • 1): Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET ) is a lead organization in the field of prediction and response to famines and other forms of food security. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (US aid) since its creation in 1985, it analyzes a variety of data and information, such as market prices of food, precipitation and crop failures to predict when and where food insecurity will occur, and issues alerts on predicted crises … (full long article on wikipedia)… (*);
  • 2): FEWS Net’s english Homepage on the US aid website;

Who; Why; Approach; Products, services and its Catalogue; Livelihoods; Markets, Trade; Login; Partners: NOAA and USGS;
Contacts and addresses of regionals and by countries;
Contact with US aid: Gary Eilerts, e-mail.

About: The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is a USAID-funded activity that collaborates with international, regional and national partners to provide timely and rigorous early warning and vulnerability information on emerging and evolving food security issues. 

FEWS NET professionals in the Africa, Central America, Haiti, Afghanistan and the United States monitor and analyze relevant data and information in terms of its impacts on livelihoods and markets to identify potential threats to food security.

Once these issues are identified, FEWS NET uses a suite of communications and decision support products to help decision makers act to mitigate food insecurity. These products include monthly food security updates for 25 countries, regular food security outlooks, and alerts, as well as briefings and support to contingency and response planning efforts. More in-depth studies in areas such as livelihoods and markets provide additional information to support analysis as well as program and policy development.

FEWS NET also focuses its efforts on strengthening early warning and food security networks. Activities in this area include developing capacity, building and strengthening networks, developing policy-useful information, and building consensus around food security problems and solutions.

* (For political reasons the Central American early warning system is titled the Mesoamerican Food Security Early Warning System, also called MFEWS – see on wikipedia. About MFEWS, see also this book (2008), and this article on Chemonics.com).

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