Shared understandings of the situation, needs, risks, priorities and the feasibility, pros and cons of different possible responses are prerequisites for coordinated responses. Food Security Assessments (including analyses) cover food availability, access and utilization including changes, trends and risks in relation to each of these components.

Assessments efforts should be coordinated among partners and with national authorities to ensure coverage of all affected areas and populations, effective use of available assessment resources, and common understandings and consensus on needs and response priorities. Assessments should be undertaken jointly wherever possible. As a minimum, data collection should be harmonized and situation and response analyses undertaken jointly.

This section includes tools and guidance related to food security assessments.

OCHA’s guidance on needs assessments can be found on website.