Data for Nutrition and Food Security

Data for Nutrition and Food Security

Event – February 20th, 2018

On 15 February 2018, the first DCHI Third Thursday Meetup took place at The Hague Humanity Hub. The goal of these monthly meetups is to bring the ecosystem of DCHI together and allow partners to share knowledge and experiences from their innovation activities.

This session focused on the project of ICCO, NLRC/510 and Sight and Life on Data for Nutrition and Food Security. Over the 2nd half of 2017, these parties carried out joint research and established a promising model indicating the level of food (in)security in Ethiopia, which they presented to the participants.

Understanding the level of food-security and nutrition status of populations well, enables more targeted and efficient interventions to improve this. It is therefore the joint ambition of ICCO, 510, and Sight and Life to continue the development of this model, allowing for even more accurate and timely insight into the status of food security and nutrition, and for further integration of the model into the Community Risk Assessment (CRA) Toolbox currently being developed by 510. This will enable more insight in both the current as well as the future nutrition status of target areas and allows for more data-driven working in food security and nutrition programming.

Marijn Marijnis of ICCO and Kesso van Zutphen Sight and Life introduced the tools they use to measure food security and gather data regarding this topic. Sight and Life also shared their dashboard showing country specific food security, data and variables for Ethiopia. Stephania Giodini of 510 showed how this can complement the CRA dashboard which focuses more on the community level. One of the things that stood out during this session, was the strength of collaboration between the three parties, that all bring different capabilities, knowledge, and networks of additional partners.

ICCO, 510, and Sight and Life are seeking to connect to different types of partners that can contribute to the successful development of this model. They are both seeking to connect with partners that can provide them with relevant input data or information about the available data, with partners that can support them in the technical development of the model and tooling, as well as with partners that would be interested in using the tool they plan to develop. Early engagement with such possible users, will allow for the team to take these users’ requirements into account in an early stage. At the end of the session, we had a fruitful discussion with the participants about possible new partners to collaborate with in these respects.

We want to thank ICCO, 510 and Sight and Life for sharing their valuable insights and the participants for actively engaging in the discussion regarding the future of this project!

Would like to read more on this topic, check out this blogpost by Martijn of ICCO or this information online by 510. Would you like to give your input on this topic? Contact Roza Freriks right now.

Project: Community Risk Assessment and Prioritization

The Community Risk Assessment and Prioritization toolbox supports humanitarian decision makers in using credible and accurate data to identify and prioritize the most at-risk communities during the preparedness phase as well as the most disaster hit areas and affected people in the response phase.

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