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The Fight Against Hunger and MalnutritionThe Role of Food, Agriculture, and Targeted Policies$
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David E. Sahn

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733201.001.0001

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Evidence-Informed Policymaking

Evidence-Informed Policymaking

Lessons from Food Security and Nutrition Monitoring Systems during Food Crises

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The Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition

Suresh Chandra Babu

Oxford University Press

Evidence-informed policymaking requires timely information. Designing food and nutrition policies crucially depends on national information systems that collect, process, and analyze data, and inform policymakers about needed action. Yet in several developing countries, such systems continue to be poorly organized, inadequately resourced, and weakly implemented. This chapter reviews the historical development of food security and nutrition monitoring systems and their role in responding to food emergencies. Drawing from a series of in-country consultations and key informant interviews in eight developing countries between 2009 and 2012, this chapter discusses the issues, constraints, and challenges faced by policymakers in establishing and effectively using food security monitoring systems for policymaking during the recent food crisis (2008–10). The chapter summarizes lessons learned and concludes that a monitoring system that is responsive to policymaking needs and is demand driven, well resourced, and accountable to its users is more likely to be successful and sustainable.

Keywords:   evidence-informed policymaking, food crisis, nutrition monitoring, information systems, developing countries

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