Food Crisis Risks

This section presents information-and decision-support tools to strengthen the ability of policymakers, food policy experts, and researchers to respond quickly to dynamic developments in the world food system. The latest research findings on policy responses to food crises, policy tools to assess impact, and knowledge about key concepts related to food security for strengthening capacity of decision-makers can be accessed in this section.

The objective is to make available well-defined sets of information and analysis that governments can employ to manage global food crises and other future challenges in their respective countries. A strong national capacity to respond effectively and adequately to food policy challenges ultimately translates to poverty reduction, agricultural growth, and economic development.

Global Report on Food Crises

GRFC 2020 Report In times of COVID report

Click here to access the Global Report on Food Crises page in the Food Security Portal. 

This September update of the 2020 Global Report on Food Crises with a special focus on COVID-19 finds that a range of 101–104.6 million people in 27 countries are classified in Crisis or worse (IPC/CH Phase 3 or above) according to analyses carried out between March and September 2020, reflecting the peak situation in times of COVID-19 in countries. 

To download the report:
FSIN and Global Network Against Food Crises. 2020. Global Report on Food Crises 2020 September update: in times of COVID‑19. Rome.

Early Warning Hub

The Early Warning Hub brings together information from across Early Warning Systems in one place. Early Warning Systems (EWS) alert to the presence of food crises and related drivers, informing decision makers and saving lives.

Control Panel for Risk Monitoring

The control panel for real-time monitoring of risk factors is an innovative tool that brings together information on various drivers of food crises, including conflict and climate-related shocks.

Excessive Food Price Variability Early Warning System

The Excessive Food Price Variability Early Warning System is a tool of the Food Security Portal that identifies periods of excessive price variability (i.e. price variability that exceeds a pre-established threshold), and it is updated on a daily basis to identify days that are within periods of high, moderate, and low price variability.