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World Food Programme Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping

Food security analysis, commonly known as Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) is a core area of the World Food Programme’s work and forms the basis for the design of all of its operations.

VAM provides geospatial and economic analysis, food security monitoring and assessments, post-shock assessments and thematic analysis. The information VAM supplies allows WFP to perform effective targeting, determine the most appropriate type and scale of intervention (e.g. food distributions, school feeding, cash or voucher programmes), and ensure the most efficient use of humanitarian resources by allocating funding according to needs.

All information is freely available online at the VAM One Stop Shop (vam.wfp.org). Users can browse through information on the site by year, assessment type, fieldwork status, and country. The site offers an overview of the food security situation in all countries where WFP works, including detailed information on key indicators such as market prices, baseline and monitoring data.In order to make the data more easily digestible, VAM also offers a number of data visualizations online at dataviz.vam.wfp.org. Users can explore economic and seasonal data, browse interactive reports, and access thematic dashboards which combine nutrition, economic and climate data to provide an overview of the food security situation in specific countries.

VAM also provides data related to food security to HDX, the Humanitarian Data Exchange (data.humdata.org), an open platform developed by Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which aims to accelerate data flows in the humanitarian sector and reduce the time between data collection and decision-making.

Keywords: Protecting Safety and Security, Enabling Access to Resources for Development,  World Food Programme Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping, Data analysis and visualization for human rights, Data collection and management for human rights, Social media for human rights, Food security, Humanitarian Data Exchange, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)