Food security and nutrition monitoring: A conceptual framework, issues and challenges uri icon

abstract

  • This paper provides an overview of the concepts, issues and challenges that planners and policy makers face in designing food security and nutrition monitoring systems and using their outcome in the formulation of policies and intervention programmes. The principles involved in various types of monitoring systems are outlined after a brief review of their objectives. This is followed by a description of necessary steps in implementing a monitoring system and possible flows of information and its use in various stages of decision making. Identifying relevant issues in designing different types of food security and nutrition monitoring, future challenges facing governments, academic institutions and donor agencies in developing sustainable monitoring systems are discussed. Presenting some of the leading research issues in improving the design and implementation of food security and nutrition monitoring, some guidelines for evaluating their performances in meeting the objectives of improved policy making and reduced food insecurity and malnutrition are provided. The paper concludes that a monitoring system which is simple, user-driven, based on existing institutional structures which increases the capacity for analysis and interpretation and has the commitment of relevant decision makers for using the information in policy design is more likely to be sustainable and successful.

publication date

  • 1994
  • 1994