In a move addressing food security concerns of Nepal, the United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP) launched a new online Food Security Information System (FSIS) that maps and visualizes patterns of poverty, malnutrition and food security in the country.
The UNWFP online system, in association with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), will provide easy-to-read data on food market prices and food security indicators through interactive presentations that indicate levels of food security to the sub-district level.
WFP and ICIMOD have also renewed their agreement with regard to monitoring and analyzing the food security situation in the country through Earth Observation (EO) technologies such as remote sensing, among others.
Through this agreement, the two organizations aim at providing timely updates on country’s agriculture production, early alerts in times of natural calamities and food security for the benefit of communities living across remote parts of the country.
Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Regional Agricultural Forecasting Toolbox (CRAFT) and Forecast-based Finance (FBF) are some of the key projects undertaken by the two organizations since they signed the first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in October 2014.
The results achieved through these programs were jointly published by WFP, the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD), Government of Nepal and CCAFS through the Nepal Food Security Monitoring System (NeKSAP).
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) supported the development of the FSIS and the Government of United Kingdom has been supporting NeKSAP.