Islamabad, October 08, 2019 (PPI-OT): With SDG 2, countries commit to “End hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030. Target 2.1 focuses on ensuring access to food for all: “By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe nutritious and sufficient food all year round.”
The Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO) concluded a training workshop on Computation of SDG 2 Indicators: Prevalence of Undernourishment (PoU) and Prevalence of Moderate or Severe Food Insecurity based on Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES), which measures food insecurity through people’s experience at the FAO representation office in Pakistan. The training workshop which brought together relevant stakeholders, including representatives from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, and representatives from the academia aimed to introduce methodologies for computation both SDG 2 indicators.
The workshop, conducted by FAO experts, had been designed as part of a plan to support the Pakistan Bureau of statistics and other stakeholders. The learning activities which also included hands-on training on the analysis of data for the computation of the Prevalence of Food Insecurity based on the Food Insecurity Experience Scale, methods for estimation of Prevalence of Undernourishment and an overview of food security measurement in the context of SDGs helped the participants understand the two Food Insecurity Experience Scale based indicators which can be used for national and global monitoring purposes.
“This training is a fundamental step for the sustainability of the monitoring system. FAO will continue to support the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics in its work and we are hoping to use the first The State of Food Security and Nutrition in Pakistan report which will be released later this year as a trampoline to showcase how PBS is hand-in-hand supporting the work of Food Security and Nutrition Information System that will lead to the first the first information portal for food security and nutrition analysis,”,” said Ms. Mina Dowlatchahi, FAO Representative in Pakistan.
FAO serves as the custodian of 21 SDG indicators, and thus, maintains the methodology needed to properly compile these indicators, provides technical support to countries, receives data/indicators from countries to maintain a global database, and produces regional and global aggregates.
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