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FEWS NET Video : 25 Years of Food Security

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:49 AM
Contributors: FEWS NET
FEWS NET USAID
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is a program of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that provides timely food security information for 29 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, the Caribbean, and Central Asia. The program dates back to the mid-1980s as it was designed to help prevent the repeat of the food security catastrophe that affected Africa in the early-1980s, especially in Sudan and Ethiopia where more than a million people died for lack of food.

FEWS NET is a partnership between USAID, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Chemonics International, which  has been implementing field activities for FEWS NET since 2000. FEWS NET professionals in Africa, Central America, Haiti, Afghanistan, and the United States monitor and analyze relevant data and information in terms of its impacts on livelihoods and markets to identify potential threats to food security. Once these issues are identified, FEWS NET uses a suite of communications and decision support products to help decision makers act to mitigate food insecurity.  These products include monthly food security updates, regular food security outlooks, and alerts, as well as briefings and support to contingency and response planning efforts.

 

 
For More Information Contact:

Erin Martins
FEWS NET
Senior Communications Specialist
emartin@fews.net.

Gary Eilerts
USAID
Contact Officer's Technical Representative
geilerts@usaid.gov

More Information: www.fews.net
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