The National Food Security Assessment (NaFSA) is part of the toolbox of the Food Security Standard (FSS). It facilitates a quick and easy, yet comprehensive overview on the national food security situation and framework conditions using publicly available information from websites of UN-agencies and other relevant institutions. The purpose of the NaFSA tool is to identify potential critical issues regarding food security and the realization of the Right to Food at national level that can subsequently be further verified locally during the FSS audit.
Conducting a NaFSA for a country of interest can provide valuable information on the potential risk to food security and help to decide whether or not to adopt the FSS to reduce risks of human rights infringements. The NaFSA tool consists of 8 categories relevant for food security and the Right to adequate Food with a total of 27 indicators. Completing all indicators takes around 1 hour. In case of time constraints, we recommend focusing on selected categories of particular interest.
How to interpret the Risk Levels?
An overall risk level is calculated for each of the eight categories, indicating whether a broader topic, such as labour rights, is of concern or alarming at national level. The local food security situation and context, in the audit region, however, might differ from NaFSA results that refer to the national level as local data are often not available, not accessible or out of date. The average national context may be less serious than at the audited production site; especially issues like undernourishment and hunger, poverty, water availability or disaster risks could be locally alarming but do not appear nationally as a major concern. Categories with increased and high risk levels require special attention to the identified issues at the audit. To help the auditor to cross-check the situation at the production site and area of influence, the Excel-version of the NaFSA tool provides a list of potential questions to be asked and discussed with different stakeholders.
The result “High Risk” means that at national level there is a substantial threat to national food security and the Right to Food.”
The result “Increased Risk” means that there is an enhanced likelihood of threats to food security and the Right to Food.
The result “Moderate Risk” means no acute risk, but nevertheless a likelihood of threats to food security and the Right to Food.
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Citation: Voigt, Holm; Beuchelt, Tina; Schneider, Rafaël; Gamba, Liliana: Food Security Standard (FSS) National Food Security Assessment (NaFSA) tool 1.1. Food Security Standard (FSS), 2020.
License: The National Food Security Assessment Tool (NaFSA) is licensed under the Creative Commons license CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/