Volatile food prices, climate-change-driven shocks, conflict, economic downturns, and high population growth continue to raise serious concerns about food security and nutrition in many parts of the world. The Food Security Portal (FSP), facilitated by IFPRI and supported by the European Commission, provides up-to-date data and information about dynamic developments in the world food system. The portal provides key data to monitor food security situations and food prices, as well as tools for policy analysis and capacity development – all with the aim of providing policymakers and other stakeholders with the information they need to make appropriate and timely responses to address food insecurity.
The Food Security Portal is a continuation of the European Commission-funded project “World food crisis: Support for food security monitoring and analysis for appropriate policy responses.” The portal was initiated in 2010 in response to lessons that emerged from the 2007-2008 world food crisis, including the need to address the causes and mitigate the effects of high and increasingly volatile food prices. Since then, the FSP has continued to provide information and tools related to food price volatility. In addition, it has expanded its suite of tools that support policymakers’ ability to respond to the risks presented by food crises and to increase resilience to these risks, particularly among poor and rural populations.